Shawn Mendes Cancels The Rest Of His Tour To Ground Himself
Singer Shawn Mendes embarked on a world tour on June 27, 2022. He was excited about the tour at first. Due to the pandemic, it had been several years since his last tour, and he thought he was ready to tour again.
The first show was in Portland, Oregon. Shortly after the tour began, Mendes decided he wasn’t as ready to tour as he thought. In fact, on July 8, he announced that he was going to take a 3-week break from touring.
Now, Mendes has decided to completely cancel his tour. In a lengthy tweet, he explained that he “wasn’t totally prepared for the toll that being back on the road would take on me.” He added, “I was not at all ready for how difficult touring would be after this time away.”
Mendes explained that he was canceling the tour so he could focus on his mental health. He explained, “I need to take the time I’ve never taken personally to ground myself and come back stronger.” Even though Mendes is canceling his tour dates, he does plan to focus on making new music.
Over the years, Mendes has been open about this mental health struggles. In the Netflix documentary “Shawn Mendes: In Wonder” which was released in 2020, Mendes explained that while he loves making music, he misses downtime with his friends and family. He also explained that he worries that something will happen to his voice. He said, “I’m constantly warming up and I’m constantly checking my voice out of fear of the fact that one day I’m gonna go to sing and it’s gonna just not come out.”
Mendes also admitted that no matter how successful he is “I still find it hard to feel like I’m not failing.” He added, “The truth is I’m overwhelmed and overstimulated.”
Watch the video below for more about Mendes’ announcement that he’s canceling his tour and about his mental health struggles.
On Twitter, some fans are proud of Mendes for taking time away from the spotlight to focus on his mental health.
It’s actually so great seeing someone take their mental health seriously and making it just as much of a priority as physical health. I think it really sets a great example and teaches others that it’s ok to put yourself and your needs first. Take all the time you need
— AMBAH 🐑 (@ambahsinceny) July 27, 2022
It breaks my heart too when I see others suffering from a mental illness, sickness, depression, PTSD etc, it might feel sad having to cancel shows but as a fan, I’d rather see you get the rest, treatment and the support you need to be able to help you recover and to be well again
— Rachel J Pappin (@rachel_pappin) July 27, 2022
I’m so glad we’ve reached a point in the #musicindustry where performers can make this decision, say so, and be supported. Thanks for taking a healthy step back. We lost so many beloved music icons from 1960-2020 at a young age because they didn’t or couldn’t do the same.
— Luke Maynard (@lukemaynard) July 27, 2022
But not all of Mendes’ fans are supportive of his decision to cancel his tour.
Shame not everyone has the privilege to take time off from work without worrying about how they’ll eat and keep a roof over their head. All those homeless people who would love to have the ability to make millions of dollars simply from singing.
— Calmon (@Calmon58114785) July 28, 2022
Thats what they told me? When i said i needed a break
— elizabeth rebekkah (@420_elizabeth) July 28, 2022
Do you support Mendes’ decision to cancel his tour? Do you think he will be up to touring again in the future?