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Michelle Williams steps down from Broadway on doctor's order

PICTURED: Michelle Williams

MICHELLE WILLIAMS has stepped down from Broadway play Once on This Island on her doctor's orders.

The gospel singer and actress is leaving her role after just two weeks into her run, which began November 30. She will be replaced by her understudy, Cassondra James, up to December 26, before Lea Salonga, who originated the role, returns to the cast for the show's final 10 days.

In statement from the play's producers, it reads: "Michelle was advised by her medical doctors to take a leave of absence from performing."

Williams has yet to comment and there is no information about her health, but earlier this year, she checked herself into a mental health facility to seek help for depression, telling followers on Instagram it was important for her to get "help, support and guidance".

And last month (Nov18), she appeared on breakfast show Good Morning America and opened up about her mental health and rehab stay.

"I was like, 'Just fight it, you've been here before'," she said. "I'm identifying it... I just didn't do enough... so for months, I was slipping and slipping and slipping (and) before you knew it, I was at the bottom of the pit looking up, like, 'Am I really here again?' And I suffered by myself. I didn't want to tell anybody.

"I didn't want anyone to be like, 'Oh my gosh, here we go again. I thought you were over it'."

Additionally, Williams called of her engagement from pastor Chad Johnson earlier this month.

She announced the news on social media, writing: "As 2018 is coming to an end, many of us are doing self-reflections. I’ve made a vow to myself that I will not allow fear to get the best of me any longer! I will stand at my tallest and be the best version of myself. We all have the abilities to meet and live our dreams if we get out of our own way and go after it!"

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