Fiona Apple has canceled the latest leg of her worldwide tour to care for her sick dog, whom she says is currently on her death bed.
In a handwritten letter posted online Tuesday (Nov. 20), the singer recalls adopting her pitbull Janet at 21 years old. The dog, 4 months old at the time, was a victim of dogfighting in Echo Park. Now, Apple writes that her 14-year-old dog suffers from Addison's Disease and a tumor in her chest.
"I am not the woman who puts her career ahead of love and friendship. I am the woman who stays home and bakes Tilapia for my dearest, oldest friend," writes Apple. "I am staying home, and I am listening to her snore and wheeze, and reveling in the swampiest, most awful breath that ever emanated from an angel. And I am asking for your blessing."
Apple has canceled a series of dates in South America to care for her dying companion, who requires regular injections of Cortisol, a steroid hormone. Due to the dog's condition, she is unable to travel.
The letter does not specify exactly which performances will be canceled, but a list of tour dates on Apple's website has been replaced by the four-page letter. The note does appear to imply that Apple intends to reschedule the canceled shows, asking fans to "meet a little while later."
Below is a snippet of the letter. Check out the rest at her website.
"It's 6pm on Friday,and I'm writing to a few thousand friends I have not met yet. I am writing to ask them to change our plans and meet a little while later.
Here's the thing.
I have a dog Janet, and she's been ill for almost two years now, as a tumor has been idling in her chest, growing ever so slowly. She's almost 14 years old now.I got her when she was 4 months old. I was 21 then ,an adult officially - and she was my child...."