“Just a word or two to say thanks so much for all your lovely words and wishes dear folks,” the legendary rocker wrote on his personal blog on Saturday.
“I got myself in a very depleted state and have taken the decision now to clear my diary of everything until the end of the year. I’m leaving today on a big steel bird to spend some time recharging in a safe place. Need to turn off the phones and media for a while.
“Apologies to everyone involved in the things I will miss. I have to get away and prioritize healing — sometimes there is no choice. Bless ya all.”
While the exact nature of May’s condition is unknown, the “Bohemian Rhapsody” star alluded to a struggle with depressive thoughts in a recent blog post in which he wrote, “I’ve been battling against a very big black cloud in my personal sphere … which saps enthusiasm and energy and makes you feel everything is pointless.”
The star was due to play 11 ‘candlelight concerts’ across the U.K. in December alongside West End singer Kerry Ellis. These shows have now been “postponed indefinitely.”
“Dear T-pals. This is au revoir from me for a little while,” May Tweeted on Saturday, shortly before flying out of London. “I’m off for a recharge & restart. Need to turn off and heal. Take care folks.”
In a separate post, he added, “Thanks so much folks for all your concern and good wishes. I won’t be tweeting for a while, but I will be back!”
At the same time the rocker — who famously made his own guitar from spare parts — also uploaded an Instagram image of his face, coupled with the simple message “For now …. Bri X”
It’s not currently known where May has flown to, what kind of treatment he is receiving or how long his hiatus will last.