Mariah Carey announced that she will have to cancel the first shows of her Christmas tour due to a respiratory illness, Birmingham Mail reported. She is supposed to kick off her tour titled, “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” but had to take a break.

She announced this via Twitter on November 15. The 47-year-old songstress, who has been one of the favorites to perform during this season, tweeted, “Just in time for holiday gift-giving season, it seems I’ve received a lovely present of my own, a lovely respiratory infection after last week’s flu.”

She was supposed to begin her Christmas tour on November 17 in Ontario, Canada.

To give way to her recovery, she will start her show at Beacon Theatre in New York City on November 27. She will also perform at Manchester Arena in the United Kingdom on December 10 and at London’s O2 on December 11.

The final leg of her Christmas concert is happening in Las Vegas on December 22. It will be held at the iconic Caesars Palace.

Tweet to fans

Mariah Carey is best known for her holiday-themed hits such as “Silent Night,” “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” “Joy To The World,” “Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town,” and “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen.” Many of these songs are usually played in grocery stores, malls, and restaurants during the winter season.

She added in her tweet that she has to follow her “doctor’s orders and rest until he says” she can perform back onstage.

She wrote, “Bleak! You know there is nothing I love more than celebrating the holidays with my festive Christmas show.”

Among the canceled performances include the show at Caesars Windsor in Canada on November 17. She also canceled the November 18 performance at The Chicago Theatre. Furthermore, she also did not attend her supposed red carpet moment during the premiere of “The Star” in Los Angeles.

Christmas and New Year’s Eve diva

During her New Year’s Eve performance, Mariah Carey suffered technical difficulties as the backstage staff played the wrong song. She tried her best to regain her composure and filled in the awkward moments by talking to the audience in New York’s Times Square.

“Have a happy and healthy New Year everybody!

Here’s to making more headlines in 2017,” she tweeted about the show. Indeed, her tour cancellation is one of the final headlines she will make before 2017 ends. Carey is also known for the songs "Touch My Body," "Hero," "Without You," "When You Believe," "We Belong Together," and "Always Be My Baby."