Superstar Shawn Mendes has shared a heartbreaking message with fans about canceling the rest of his world tour to take “some much needed time” to deal with his mental health.
In a lengthy post shared on Tuesday on Twitter, the 23-year-old pop singer opened up about how thrilled he was to finally get back on tour after the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the world. However, as excited as he was to be on tour again, he said he hadn’t properly prepared for “the toll” of being on the road.
“As you know, I had to postpone the last few weeks of shows because I wasn’t fully prepared for the toll that getting back on the road would cost me,” Mendes explained. “I started this tour excited to finally be able to start playing live again after a long hiatus due to the pandemic, but the reality is that I was not at all ready to see how difficult the tour would be after this time. of absence.”
“After speaking with my team and working with an incredible group of medical professionals, it has become clearer that I need to take the time that I have never personally taken, to ground myself and come back stronger,” said he added. “I unfortunately have to cancel the rest of the North America and UK/Europe tour dates.”
“We were hoping to be able to resume the rest of the appointments after a well-deserved break, but at the moment I must make my health my first priority,” continued the singer. “That doesn’t mean I won’t make new music, and I look forward to seeing you on tour in the future.”
— Shawn Mendes (@ShawnMendes) July 27, 2022
The ‘Stitches’ hitmaker closed his post by noting how much he knows fans have been waiting a very long time to see these shows and said that “it breaks my heart to tell you this, but I promise I’ll be back as soon as I’ve taken the right time to heal.
The “Treat You Better” singer also told his fans how much he loved them and thanked them “all so much for supporting me and supporting me on this journey.”
Several weeks ago, Mendes announced he was postponing several shows from his “Wonder: The World Tour” to deal with mental health “until further notice,” People magazine noted. His new position cancels the rest of the tour dates. The tour kicked off June 27 in Portland and the singer was scheduled to perform over 60 shows through August 2023.