Lena Dunham Cancels 'Girls' Press Appearances Due to Chronic Illness: 'It's Time to Rest'

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We’re going to see a lot less of Lena Dunham in the upcoming days.

On Monday the 29-year-old actress revealed that she is skipping her HBO series' sixth and final press tour due to an ongoing illness.

The Girls star, creator and executive producer addressed her followers -- aka her "beloved pals" -- on Instagram to fill them in on the status of her health.


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"I just wanted to let you know that, while I am so excited for Girls to return on Feb 21, I won't be out and about doing press for the new season," she wrote, accompanied with what appears to be a photo of her hand on a bed.

"As many of you know I have endometriosis, a chronic condition that affects approximately 1 in 10 women's reproductive health. I am currently going through a rough patch with the illness and my body (along with my amazing doctors) let me know, in no uncertain terms, that it's time to rest," she continued. "That's a hard thing to do, but I'm trying, because all I want is to make season 6 of Girls the best one yet."


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Hey Beloved Pals, I just wanted to let you know that, while I am so excited for Girls to return on Feb 21, I won't be out and about doing press for the new season. As many of you know I have endometriosis, a chronic condition that affects approximately 1 in 10 women's reproductive health. I am currently going through a rough patch with the illness and my body (along with my amazing doctors) let me know, in no uncertain terms, that it's time to rest. That's a hard thing to do, but I'm trying, because all I want is to make season 6 of Girls the best one yet. I'm lucky enough to have support and backup from Jenni, Judd and the whole Girls gang. So many women with this disease literally don't have the option of time off and I won't take it for granted. Wishing you all health & happiness, in whatever form suits you. Back soon xxLena

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Dunham added that she'll have "support and backup" from her Girls co-stars -- Allison Williams, Jemima Kirk, and Zosia Mamet -- as well as her co-executive producers Judd Apatow and Jenni Konner.

"So many women with this disease literally don't have the option of time off and I won't take it for granted," she ended her message. "Wishing you all health & happiness, in whatever form suits you."

Dunham also added the signature: "Back soon – xxLena."

Season six of Girls premieres Sunday, Feb. 21 on HBO.