'My family must come first', says Kay as he cancels comeback tour
Peter Kay's first live tour in eight years has been cancelled because of "unforeseen family circumstances".
The hotly-anticipated UK and Ireland tour was due to begin in Birmingham in April.
He was due to play Belfast in January 2019 and Dublin's 3Arena the following month.
In a statement posted on his official Twitter account, Kay said: "Due to unforeseen family circumstances, I deeply regret that I am having to cancel all of my upcoming work projects.
"This unfortunately includes my upcoming stand-up tour, Dance For Life shows and any outstanding live work commitments.
"My sincerest apologies. This decision has not been taken lightly and I'm sure you'll understand my family must always come first.
"I've always endeavoured to protect my family from the media. I hope the media and the public will continue to respect our privacy at this time. Once again, I'm very sorry."
The statement added that ticketholders for both Peter Kay's Live Arena Tour and Dance For Life shows will be refunded.
The news comes just weeks after Kay added extra performance dates to all listed cities following huge public demand.
Soon after tickets for the initial 26 gigs went on sale in November, he tripled the number of shows to more than 80, including 16 in his home town of Manchester.
In recent years, Kay has delighted fans with his Bafta-winning TV series, Car Share.
After writing and starring in two series, he announced earlier this year that he would not create a third.
However, he recently consoled fans by promising two further episodes.
Announcing his return to the stage, Kay said: " I know how lucky I am to be making TV series and have really loved these past few years working on Car Share, but I miss stand-up.
"As terrifying as it is, when it works, there's nothing more fun. Plus, a lot has happened in the last eight years, with Trump and Twitter."
Ticketmaster customers in Ireland who bought online or by phone with debit or credit card will be refunded within the next few days.
For customers who bought in person from a Ticketmaster outlet or venue, full refunds are available from point of purchase from 10am today.