Jennifer Rush makes her way to the Idols stage this week! (YouTube/Getty Images)
"I was informed yesterday my father has been put in hospital and he is gravely ill. Disappointing so many fans here in South Africa who have been attending my concerts and following my television shows here with so much love and kindness is heart wrenching and makes me very sad. It has been a very difficult decision. However I have decided to catch the first flight back to New York so my daughter may be with her grandfather and I with them both. It is with a very heavy heart we leave South Africa so suddenly and I can only hope you understand and will welcome me and my family again after such short notice of cancellations of shows."
This meant that a series of scheduled shows had to be cancelled, leaving many fans disappointed. At the time, Colin Law of Afro Asia events confirmed the news, saying the Power of Love singer, had made plans to leave South Africa.
But now according to reports, the promoter has released a statement saying it had attempted to stop Rush from leaving South Africa, after she had checked out of a Johannesburg hotel without discussing the decision with them. He says lawyers here and in Germany are preparing legal action against the singer, as they don't believe the reason given was valid as she had not had contact with him for over a decade.
Jennifer, meanwhile, took to her Facebook page over the weekend, thanking South African fans for their support and understanding. She hinted at drama between herself and Afro Asia events, saying: "We look forward to returning to your beautiful continent as planned and performing in Africa again with the only change being a different stage management company will be hired."