Forget how her “Demons” look, what about that neck brace?! On Wednesday (Sept. 6), Doja Cat shared a pair of pics to Instagram showing off a gnarly tri-color neck brace.

“I’m fine, my neck is fine,” she captioned the first post, choosing to relegate the second picture to the end of a separate photo set captioned “before the test he confessed.” Currently, details are scarce regarding why exactly the “Attention” rapper is sporting a neck brace. Doja Cat’s reps did not immediately respond to Billboard’s request for comment.

The revelation of Doja’s apparent injury comes less than a week before she is slated to take the stage at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards. The Billboard Hot 100 chart-topper boasts six nominations at this year’s ceremony, including artist of the year, video of the year (“Attention”) and song of the summer (“Paint the Town Red”). In 2021, she served as the show’s host and won two Moonpeople.

Not only is Doja set for a major performance in a few days, she is also gearing up to release her fourth studio album. Scarlet, the follow-up to 2021’s Grammy-winning Planet Her, is set to arrive on Sept. 22. In addition to “Attention,” which peaked at No. 31 on the Hot 100, Doja Cat released two other songs to drum up anticipation for the record. “Paint the Town Red,” the album’s current radio single, is already a shining success, reaching a new peak of No. 3 on the Hot 100 this week (chart dated Sep. 9, 2023). A promotional single titled “Demons,” which features a music video starring Emmy-nominated Yellowjackets actress Christina Ricci, arrived last week (Sep. 1).

An injury wouldn’t be the first obstacle the Scarlet album campaign has had to overcome. On Aug. 31, Doja revealed an updated album cover for Scarlet. She was forced to change the original artwork — which featured a fittingly scarlet-colored spider — after fans noticed that German hardcore band Chaver also used the same spider on the artwork for their upcoming album cover.

Hopefully, everything is alright with Doja and she can get back to painting the town red.

Check out Doja’s neck brace flicks:

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