It’s official: Beyoncé has dropped out of Coachella following her early February announcement that she’s pregnant with twins. The Indio music fest announced Queen Bey as its Saturday headliner in January, slating her to perform both April 15 and April 22, 2017, and igniting excitement among the Beyhive.
Festival producer Goldenvoice and Beyoncé’s rep made the announcement jointly this morning, saying, “Following the advice of her doctors to keep a less rigorous schedule in the coming months, Beyoncé has made the decision to forgo performing at the 2017 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival.”
Bey announced her pregnancy on Instagram about three weeks ago and the photo quickly became the most-liked photo in Instagram history. But it also left many wondering just how far along the 22-time Grammy winner is, with OB-GYNs and baby mamas alike predicting a due date of anywhere between April and July 2017. Of course, at the Grammys, Beyoncé’s entire nine-minute performance was an ode to motherhood. Given the size of her babies’ bump, many quickly assumed she’d be a no-show at Coachella, which makes it interesting the music fest announced her as a headliner in the first place, given both Goldenvoice and Beyoncé had to expect performing in the desert might be a tall order so close to due date—or immediately after giving birth. Then again, Beyoncé can pull off just about anything, and like Kelly Clarkson on American Idol, performing in the third trimester would have been a powerful, lauded statement about womanhood and the strength of working mothers.
While ‘Chella ticket-holders are no doubt disappointed, good news: Beyoncé has committed to headlining in 2018 to make up for this year’s absence. So mark your calendars: your first chance to nab those tix will be the first week of January 2018.