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GACKT goes on indefinite hiatus due to an illness described as “some kind of a neurological disorder” that “triggers a sudden dysphonia”. Because of this, GACKT has not been able to use his voice, faints at times, and even lost about 10kg within several weeks. At some point, it was also life-threatening.

Currently, he is in a stable condition and is undergoing medical treatment and ensures fans that there are no hurdles that he can’t overcome!


On September 7, it was made public that GACKT’s would go into an indefinite hiatus due to feeling “unwell”. At that time, there was little information known about the situation as a whole, although the severity was clear as the illness had at one point progressed to a “life-threatening” state, and that any voice-related work would be impossible due to dysphonia. During a period of “several weeks”, GACKT lost about 10kg due to the illness but is thankfully in a stable condition now.

A day later—after many concerning fans having sent messages—GACKT himself responded with an official statement that shed more light on the matter from his perspective.

In it, he mentioned that he doesn’t know what caused the illness in the first place and that he’s been preparing to cure it abroad for the past 10 years—seemingly implying that it’s been around for at least 10 years.

Additionally, GACKT mentioned how he’s not been fainting lately, thinking it was a sign of getting better—albeit, that wasn’t the case.

“I was depressed”

Fans of GACKT certainly know of his image of being resilient and hardboiled, but even he admitted being “depressed for a few days”. Although, he quickly turned the situation into an opportunity for him to change.

“To get here, and now this…”, to be honest, I was depressed for a few days, but now I think that this might be a chance for me to make a change, “I’m GACKT so I can overcome this obstacle!”, is what I believe.

Understandably, the whole situation didn’t allow for much flexibility, and it is due to the severity that all activities had to be put on halt—to prioritize GACKT’s health and recovery.

All of this has come quite suddenly seeing how the second installment of the movie Tonde Saitama (Fly Me To The Saitama) was just announced last month, which is a movie where GACKT plays the lead role. Of course, his activities related to the movie are also now paused.

At the end of GACKT’s message, he promised fans that he would be back and also bring us the album and the tour we’ve been waiting for!

I’m sorry to say, but I’ve stopped all my activities and will dedicate my time to treatment and recovery.

[…]

I’ll will definitely be back.
I’ll get stronger.
I’ll become an even more amazing GACKT.

The promise I made to all of you, I’ll definitely keep it,
I’ll bring you the album and the tour.


You can read the first announcement about the indefinite hiatus on the official website, available in English and Japanese.

The statement which GACKT shared is also on the official website, but we’ll share it below as well, in its original English form:

This is GACKT.
I made all of you worry.
Thank you for so many messages.
It’s ok, I’m still alive. Ahaha

This time, I returned to Japan in early August for a shoot,
but a few days later, I felt very sick.
It seems that I have fainted a few times
which usually happens only once in a few years.
I guess, I’m used to it.
But it wasn’t happening lately,
so I thought that I got better.

I’ve been feeling very sick for about 3 weeks since then,
and have lost about 10kg, but my current condition is stable.

The thing is, I don’t know what caused my illness,
but I can’t use my voice right.

For about 10 years now, I was preparing to cure my illness abroad,
and receiving medical treatment, etc.
However, I don’t know what caused it,
if it’s something that got worse over time,
or some kind of a neurological disorder,
all I know is that it triggers a sudden dysphonia.

To put it simply,
it is difficult to speak in certain situations
because my voice doesn’t come out right.

“To get here, and now this…”, to be honest,
I was depressed for a few days,
but now I think that this might be a chance for me to make a change,
“I’m GACKT so I can overcome this obstacle!”, is what I believe.

After many discussions with doctors, agents and stakeholders,
we’ve decided to give top priority to my recovery.

I’m sorry to say,
but I’ve stopped all my activities
and will dedicate my time to treatment and recovery.

I honestly don’t know what I’m gonna do.
But anyway, I’ll do my best to come back soon.

As the world continues to change,
I think that many people go through hard times and many lose their hope.
But there are no obstacles that we cannot overcome.
I’ll definitely overcome mine.
Let’s move forward together.
Let’s believe that we can overcome each obstacle
we face without running away from it!

And finally,
I’m seriously sorry for making everyone worry.
I’ll will definitely be back.
I’ll get stronger.
I’ll become an even more amazing GACKT.

The promise I made to all of you, I’ll definitely keep it,
I’ll bring you the album and the tour.

I’ll always keep my promise no matter what.
So please just wait a while longer.

GACKT

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