Hayley Williams Opens Up Battling Illness, Touring Challenges, and Finding Healing on Stage
Hayley Williams Opens Up Battling Illness, Touring Challenges, and Finding Healing on Stage

Hayley Williams experienced a “week of misery” after a number of Paramore gigs were canceled.

The band canceled four gigs on their current US tour owing to illness, and the 34-year-old frontwoman revealed on Instagram that her body “just gave out” after she fought to fight her unexplained symptoms.

On her Instagram story, she penned this before the band’s return to the stage on Saturday (27.07.23) at the BOK Centre in Tulka, Oklahoma: “As you know, we postponed a handful of dates due to illness. We kick back up Saturday in Tulsa (!!!) after a week of misery, sadness, and bellyfuls of antibiotics and steroids.

“For the record, we did not have food poisoning or a band-wide s*** fest.

“In all seriousness, this past week has been really tough. Nobody would know this but I started getting sick in Houston (noncontagious) and muscled my way all the way through LA. Adrenaline is a wonder! But by the time the excitement and the nerves from all the LA shenanigans wore off, my body just gave out.”

However, the singer admits that ‘Ain’t It Fun’ is facing more problems as she gets older with time but Hayley Williams still finds a new path to going onstage “very healing”.

Hayley Williams continued: “Touring is different at 34 than it was at 16 when leaving home felt like the greatest escape.

“At this age, I have my own home life, a community, a dog, my sisters, and the rest of my family who are getting older… Alf and I go on neighborhood walks with my elderly neighbor and her dog. It’s quite a lot to leave behind.

“But then, we get on stage for 2 hours and I see the world through this joyous, hopeful, and wide-open lens. It’s a view I simply cannot get from home. And it’s very healing — especially as obsessed and addicted to the daily doom scroll of local, national, and global news as I am.”

Hayley Williams then thanked the audience for helping to “revive” her.

She wrote: “This tour has done my heart a lot of good. I couldn’t be more grateful for the faces I see the first few seconds after we walk onstage during the intro. Those people revive me, nightly.”

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