If you think it’s unfair that Ariana Grande postponed her Tuesday Tampa show just a few hours before doors were supposed to open, try being an Italian woman in her mid twenties with a brand new tomato allergy, she said.
The 25-year-old record-shattering Thank U, Next singer and cultural titan was set to perform at Amalie Arena Tuesday as part of her Sweetener world tour. Then, with only a few hours warning, events promoter Live Nation announced the night’s show, and as well as the next one’s in Orlando, would be cancelled due to illness.
Grande said in an Instagram story that she woke up “incredibly sick today, ran to my doctor here and have been told to postpone these shows tonight and tomorrow.” She said she was “so beyond devastated.”
The following day, she was back on Instagram to tell the world why, the Boca Raton-born Italian American, it seemed, had a surprise allergic reaction to tomatoes.
“We discovered ..... that ..... i had an unfortunate allergic reaction to tomatoes and my throat pretty much closed,” she wrote. “still feels like i’m swallowing a cactus but slowly making progress!”
Fans, it seemed, were supportive, even despite the postponement getting in the way of some major life events.
“We hated to miss your Tampa show! It’s my 13yr old daughters bday present to come to see you!! We can’t wait till November!!! 😍 Get well soon!!,” One user wrote.
And some, while supportive of Grande, had nothing but shade for tomatoes.
“Tomatoes are cancelled,” a user commented.
While her May 31 and June 1 shows in Miami are still scheduled to go on, the May 28 and May 29 Tampa and Orlando shows have been moved to Nov. 24 and 25, respectively.
Original tickets will be honored at their respective shows, but refunds are also available at original points of purchase.