In a statement, Frontier Touring said that “under doctor’s advice” the Grammy-winning singer will return to her home in Auckland for “immediate rest and recuperation”.

Her first show was scheduled for Melbourne’s festival hall on Thursday.

“It breaks my heart to have to postpone these shows as the band and I absolutely love playing to Australian crowds, and it was not a decision we made lightly. I know I need to focus on getting better in order to perform at my best. We’ll be with you as soon as we can, Aussies,” Lorde, real name Ella Yelich-O’Connor, said.

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