LOS ANGELES, Nov 20 (Reuters) - Grammy award-winning singer
Fiona Apple said in a handwritten letter posted on her website
on Tuesday that she has canceled upcoming tour dates in North
and South America to be with her ailing dog.
Apple, who vowed to make up the concerts, called off three
shows in Brazil between Nov. 27 and 30, a Buenos Aires festival
appearance on Dec. 1-2 and a Dec. 9 performance in Mexico City,
according to her record label, Epic.
The "Criminal" singer and pianist said her 13-year-old pit
bull Janet has been suffering from a tumor in her chest among
other ailments and appears to be dying.
"She's my best friend and my mother and my daughter, my
benefactor and she's the one who taught me what love is," Apple
wrote in the four-page letter she penned last week but did not
release until Tuesday. "I can't come to South America. Not now."
Apple, 35, said that she wants to appreciate the final days
with her dog. "I will not be the woman who puts her career ahead
of love and friendship," Apple wrote.
The singer-songwriter, who is touring in support of "The
Idler Wheel ... " album, was arrested in September in Texas and
charged with felony drug possession for having four grams of
hashish, a form of cannabis.
(Reporting By Eric Kelsey; editing by Patricia Reaney and Todd