Shawn Mendes has decided to cancel the rest of his world tour so he can focus on his mental health.
In a note shared on social media on Wednesday, July 27, Mendes said, “I started this tour thrilled to finally be able to start playing live again after a long hiatus due to the pandemic, but the reality is that I don’t Wasn’t at all ready for how difficult the tour would be after this period of absence. After talking more 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 taken personally, to ground myself and come back stronger.
Mendes kicked off his world tour in support of his latest album, Wonder, at the end of June, and the race was set to continue through next summer with dates across North America, the UK and Europe. But just over a week into the trek on July 8, Mendes announced he was postponing three weeks of shows as he struggles to reacclimate to life on the road.
The original plan was for the trek to resume on July 31 in Toronto, and Mendes noted that he and his team were “hopeful” that they could reach that benchmark. But, he admitted now, “right now I have to make my health my first priority.”
Mendes said the cancellation of his tour does not mean he will stop making new music and that he hopes to return to touring in the future. “I know you’ve all been waiting so long to see these shows, and it breaks my heart to tell you this, but I promise to come back as soon as I’ve had time to heal,” he continued. . “I love you all and thank you so much for supporting me and sticking by my side through this journey.”
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