Japanese singer-actor Gackt announces indefinite hiatus due to neurological disease
Japanese musician and actor Gackt has announced an indefinite hiatus due to a neurological disease that severely affected his voice.
The news was announced in a press release from musician Glab Entertainment’s agency on its official website on Wednesday, September 8. Gackt’s condition, which was only described as an “early-onset neurological disease”, recently resulted in dysphonia, or voice disorder, in the artist.
“Doctors have confirmed that it will be impossible for GACKT to continue work related to the use of its voice at this stage due to the severity of the dysphonia,” the statement said.
According to the statement, Gackt (real name Gakuto Ōshiro) returned to Japan from overseas in early August, but “felt bad” soon after. His condition worsened, at one point becoming “life threatening”, although he is currently stable.
Gackt has since returned overseas to see a team of doctors who will also treat him. As a result, all plans for the musician were put on hold until he recovered.
Gackt also released a statement to his fans via his website, thanking them for their support and apologizing for worrying them. He also revealed that he was not yet sure how he developed the disease, although he has been dealing with his “disease” for some time now.
“For about ten years now, I had been preparing myself to treat my illness abroad, to receive medical care, etc. “, did he declare. “I don’t know what caused it, if it’s something that got worse over time, or some kind of neurological disorder, all I know is that it triggers sudden dysphonia.
“To put it simply, it’s hard to speak in certain situations because my voice isn’t coming out correctly. “
Gackt revealed that he feels depressed and has even lost 10kg of weight in the past three weeks. However, he ended the post on a hopeful note, promising to recover and perform for his fans in the future.
“The promise I made to all of you, I will certainly keep it,” he said. “I’ll bring you the album and the tour.”
Gackt began his career as the lead vocalist for Japanese visual kei rock band Malice Mizer. He left the group in 1999 and then began a solo career the following year.
Besides his solo outings, he is best known for his contribution to the Mobile Suit Gundam and Final fantasy soundtracks. He also starred in films such as Fly me to Saitama and series like Spiral of time and Storm.
Last month it was announced that Gackt would be reuniting with the cast of Fly me to Saitama to film its sequel, slated for release in 2022. It is currently unclear whether Gackt will remain involved in production.