Michelle Williams is stepping away from the spotlight following her broken engagement with Chad Johnson. The Destiny’s Child singer has pulled out of the Broadway production of Once On This Island after only three performances.
According to a press release, her sudden departure was on doctor’s orders. “Effective immediately, Michelle T. Williams has been advised by her medical doctors to take a leave of absence from performing,” the statement read.
“As a result, the singer/actress will not continue in the Tony Award winning Broadway production of Once On This Island,” it continued. “She joined the cast on November 30 in the role of the goddess Erzulie and was warmly welcomed back to Broadway and into the show."
Michelle’s understudy Cassondra James will fill in for her until Lea Salonga, who originated the role, takes over from December 27 through the play’s final performance on January 6.
The 38-year-old has openly struggled with depression and her mental health. Earlier this year, she checked into a rehab center for treatment.
Upon her release she updated fans on her condition. “I have a made an even BIGGER commitment to the mental health awareness area,” she wrote in an Instagram caption at the time. “So many people are suffering, hurting, hopeless, lost and don’t see a way out but there is. Depression sucks, but my faith in God and my commitment to doing the work to stay well is my way out!”
As OK! previously reported, Michelle announced her broken engagement on Instagram just days ago. “I still remain Fearless. I guess I still remain single! Things didn’t work out,” she wrote. “The healing that needs to take place is a must! I don’t wanna destroy another relationship.”
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