THE WILDHEARTS frontman Ginger (real name David Walls) has been hospitalized due to "serious ongoing issues" with his mental health.
His management team has issued a statement saying that Ginger is currently receiving around-the-clock care and, as a result, his previously announced U.K. shows (August 18 at Manchester's Dancehouse and August 19 at London's Union Chapel) have been postponed.
The statement reads: "It is with regret that due to serious ongoing issues with Ginger Wildheart's mental health, we will be unable to fulfil any scheduled live appearances in the very near future.
"Ginger is currently hospitalized and receiving around-the-clock care and is in the safest possible place. We ask that you please respect the privacy of Ginger and his family and friends at this difficult time.
"Thank you for your continued love and support, it is very much appreciated."
The news of Ginger's hospitalization follows reports that he spent a night in police custody following a gig in Ahogill, Ballymena over the weekend.
According to Hot Press, Ginger became involved in an altercation with an audience member at his acoustic show at The Diamond Club. The musician later tweeted that he had attempted to take his own life and revealed that he was being "sectioned" under the Mental Health Act, which is the law that sets out when you can be admitted, detained and treated in hospital against your wishes.
Ginger last year released a single titled "Fuck You Brain" to highlight suicide prevention and raise mental health awareness. At the time, he said of depression: "It is a disease, it does kill; in fact it kills more people each year than cancer. Everyone is fine talking about cancer — and so they should be — but cancer has all these charities that fund research, yet mental health gets no research funding from the government. It's an absolute crime."