Pastora Soler, Spain’s Eurovision 2012 singer, is putting her career on hiatus indefinitely as she copes with a debilitating and ongoing bout of stage fright. The Spanish songstress made the announcement on her official Facebook page on Monday.
I speak from a heart broken by pain, impotence and with this worry that I feel, and I feel that it will take a long time to forget. As I said last night, the respect for my audience is the biggest thing I’ve learnt in these 20 years. I put everything in my power to overcome this stage fright which came into my life on the 8th of March this year, and I thought it had passed, but last night it happened again in Malaga, in front of an audience to which I owe so much, and at a land that I feel my own, my strength failed me again, this time affecting even my throat. I can’t thank you enough for your love and understanding, and I have to tell you that I haven’t got any strength left to continue. I should have taken the decision to put my career aside a few months ago, but my desire to fight pushed me to go on. Today I have to announce my decision to leave my professional activity until I have regained my self-confidence.
I’m sorry with all my heart
According to El Pais, Pastora faced difficulties on Sunday during a concert at the Cervantes Theatre in Malaga. She left the stage after performing 12 songs, despite having 40 minutes left in her show.
Spanish newspaper Sur reports that Pastora’s husband Francis Viñolo then came on the stage “communicating the difficulties of the artist to continue the concert for health reasons.”
Back in March, Pastora collapsed on stage at a concert in Seville. At the time she blamed “the excitement and delivery” of her performance. It was a terrifying incident that led her to cancel all of her shows for a period of 30 days.
Pastora Soler faints on stage
Our hearts go out to Pastora and her family, and we hope that she is able to return to the stage soon.