Lena Dunham Bows Out of ‘Girls’ Press Tour Due to Health Battle: Read Her Statement

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Time to recuperate. Girls star Lena Dunham announced in an Instagram post on Monday, February 8, that she is skipping her HBO series' press tour due to health issues.

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In the caption for a photo of what appears to be her hand on a bedspread, the Girls creator, 29, wrote that her ongoing battle with endometriosis, a disorder of the uterus, will prevent her from joining executive producers Judd Apatow and Jenni Konner and the other cast members in promoting the comedy's sixth and final season premiere.

"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," the star wrote, adding that she is "so excited" for the new batch of episodes. "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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"I'm lucky enough to have support and backup from Jenni, Judd and the whole Girls gang," continued Dunham, who has previously written in her newsletter, Lenny, about living with the illness. "So many women with this disease literally don't have the option of time off and I won't take it for granted.”

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The Emmy-winning comedy stars Dunham (Hannah), Allison Williams (Marnie), Jemima Kirke (Jessa), Zosia Mamet (Shoshanna), Adam Driver (Adam) and Alex Karpovsky (Ray).

Girls returns on HBO on Sunday, February 21, at 10 p.m. EST.

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