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Avicii admits he 'needed to take a break' due to health issues

Avicii has opened up on the health struggles that forced him to cancel a series of live shows.

The Swedish DJ had his gallbladder and appendix removed earlier this year and he was still recently suffering health issues related to the operations.

This forced the hitmaker into pulling all of the live committments he had until the end of the year.

Speaking in a new interview with Billboard, Avicii said there was no other option than to take time out this year.

He said: "Since my operation, I'd just been going and going. I was dropping weight. I needed to take a break.

"I'm going to try to slow it down. Taking a break was the absolute best thing I've done. I'm doing better and better."

He has been busy working on his new album and Avicii concluded:

"For once in my life, I don't feel the rush to do anything. I can take my time and focus 100 percent on the album, which has always been where my first passion really lies - in the music."

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