Shawn Mendes postpones world tour to ‘take care of mental health’

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Shawn Mendes will take a break from his music career to take care of his mental health. The ‘Treat You Better’ singer shared the unfortunate news through his Instagram account, assuring that he would postpone the shows of his ‘Wonder’ world tour.

“It breaks my heart to have to say this, but unfortunately I’m going to have to postpone the next three weeks of performances by Uncasville, CT, until further notice,” the 23-year-old wrote.

He added: “I’ve been on tour since I was 15 and to be honest it’s always been hard to be on the road away from friends and family. After a few years off the road, I felt I was ready to dive back in, but that decision was premature and unfortunately the toll of the road and the pressure have caught up with me and I have reached a breaking point.”

The singer said he made the decision after talking to some professionals about his health. “I need to take some time to heal and take care of myself and my mental health, first and foremost. As soon as I know what I will do, I promise I will tell you, I love you.”

Recently, Mendes opened up to his followers on social media about his mental health issues. In April, he shared a lengthy note on Twitter about the feeling of being “flying or drowning” at any moment, and questioned whether that feels in his 20s.

“The truth is that even with so much success, I find it hard to feel that I am not failing, hyper focused on what I do not have, forgetting to see everything I do. The truth is, I’m overwhelmed and overstimulated.”

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The Grammy Award nominee has previously spoken about how to deal with mental health challenges. In 2018, he told Apple Music’s zane Lowe that his song ‘In My Blood’ was about learning to deal with anxiety.

“It was something that hit me in the last year. Before that, growing up, I was a pretty quiet, super stable kid. I knew people who had suffered from anxiety and had a hard time understanding it, but then when it hit me, I thought, ‘Oh my God, what is this? This is crazy.’ That song is a complete truth and best of all, not everything is negative. The whole reason I wrote this song was to formulate a little hope.”

In his 2020 Netflix documentary, ‘Shawn Mendes: In Wonder’, the artist also revealed that he constantly finds it challenging to be away from his family and friends in his native Canada.

“I’ve never had so much fun in my life, but I also want to spend time with my parents and watch movies, drive through a suburb, lie on a football field, smoke a joint and stargaze with my friends and eat some jerky. Really village thoughts. I think I miss that right now.”

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