(CelebrityAccess) — Following an onstage collapse, country artist Drake White, revealed that he has been diagnosed with arteriovenous malformation, a rare and debilitating brain disorder.
Arteriovenous malformation, or AVM occurs when abnormal connections in the brain’s circulatory system cause dizziness, pain or bleeding and can lead to other serious medical problems.
In an interview with People Magazine, White revealed he was diagnosed in January, but only made his diagnosis public after he was forced to curtail a performance in Roanoke, Virginia on Friday. During the concert, White began to stumble on stage and nearly fell over but was caught by his bandmates.
Following the incident, White acknowledged that he was being checked out by local medical professionals and thanks fans for their support and well-wishes.
Hey friends- sorry we had to cut it short tonight. I’m getting checked out by some of Roanoke’s finest docs and will keep you posted. Thanks for your prayers and continued support. Love ya!
— Drake White (@DrakeWhite) August 17, 2019
The 35-year-old White revealed to People that he has been dealing with the condition for months, including suffering debilitating headaches.
Since his diagnosis, he has been undergoing procedures designed to reroute blood flow in the affected area away from the affected vessels. It is unclear if the stage collapse was related to his condition or the treatments, People reported.
The “Makin’ Me Look Good Again” singer says he’s glad he’s been able to return to the stage and told People that performing has been “therapeutic.” “Emotionally it made me realize that I could still do this,” he told People.