Lorde. Picture: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

Lorde has postponed her upcoming Australian tour because of illness just two days before it was set to begin.

Frontier Touring company announced the news on Tuesday citing illness as the reason behind the cancellation.

"It is with much regret that Frontier Touring announce that Lorde has had to postpone her upcoming Australian tour, scheduled to commence in Melbourne this Thursday 24 April," the company said.

"Under doctor's advice, Ella Yelich-O'Connor will return to New Zealand for immediate rest and recuperation in order to regain complete health and continue touring for the rest of the year."

The singer said it broke her heart to have to postpone.

"I absolutely love playing to Australian crowds, and it was not a decision we made lightly. I know I need to focus on getting better in order to perform at my best. We'll be with you as soon as we can, Aussies," she said in a statement.

The company said that rescheduled dates will be announced as soon as possible.

Fans are encouraged to hold on to their tickets, but the refunds are already available through the official ticketing agency they were purchased from.

Lorde gave no indication of the upcoming cancellation in her most recent tweet on Monday April 21: "FORTY THOUSAND at our set last night!!? just brilliant. happy easter dickheads I LOVE YOU".

The songstress has just finished performing at the Coachella festival in California and recently played with the remaining members of Nirvana at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions in the US.

The tour dates to be postponed are:

Apr 24 & 26- Melbourne, Festival Hall

Apr 27- Adelaide, AEC Theatre

Apr 29- Perth, Challenge Stadium

May 2 & 3- Sydney, Hordern Pavilion

May 4 - Newcastle, Entertainment Centre

May 6 - Brisbane, Riverstage

The West Australian

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