Singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes has pulled the rest of his world tour, cancelling dates in North America and Europe to focus on his mental health. The pop singer previously postponed concert dates for the same reason.
“As you guys know, I had to postpone the past few weeks of shows since I wasn’t totally prepared for the toll that being back on the road would take on me,” he shared in social media posts. “I started this tour excited to finally get back to playing live after a long break due to the pandemic, but the reality is I was not at all ready for how difficult touring would be after this time away.”
“After speaking more with my team and working with an incredible group of health professionals, it has become more clear that I need to take the time I’ve never taken personally, to ground myself and come back stronger. I unfortunately have to cancel the rest of the tour dates in North America, and the UK / Europe.”
“We were hopeful that I might be able to pick up with the rest of the dates after some much needed time off, but at this time I have to put my health as my first priority,” he continues. “This doesn’t mean I won’t be making new music, and I can’t wait to see you on tour in the future.” The first date for the rescheduled (and now canceled) tour was this Sunday in his home base of Toronto.
“I know you all have been waiting so long to see these shows, and it breaks my heart to tell you this but I promise I will be back as soon as I’ve taken the right time to heal. I love you all and thank you all so much for supporting me and sticking by me on this journey.”
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Mendes had so far played seven of the 87 shows he had scheduled across the US and Europe. The announcement comes after the singer announced earlier this month, he was cancelling some dates of the tour in order to “heal and take care of myself and my mental health.”
Shawn Mendes released his fourth studio album, Wonder, in December 2020. His most recent single, ‘It’ll Be Okay,’ dropped in December 2021. He is also the star of the upcoming animated musical film Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile, which is set to release on October 7.