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Shawn Mendes has announced the cancellation of his world tour due to mental health struggles.
The 23-year-old took to social media to announce the news today (27 July), after previously postponing dates on his Wonder tour.
Mendes initially pushed back three weeks of shows in North America before announcing today that it has become clear he needs 'to take the time [he's] never taken personally'.
"As you guys know, I had to postpone the past few weeks of the shows since I wasn't totally prepared for the toll that being back on the road would take on me," Mendes explained.
He went on to say he was initially excited to get back on tour after a 'long break' caused by the coronavirus outbreak and global lockdowns, but he has since realised he was 'not at all ready' for how difficult the experience would really be.
He continued: "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."
Mendes promised his fans he will still be working on new music, and said he 'can't wait' to see audiences on tour in the future.
"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," he said.
The singer kicked off his Wonder tour in June to promote the album of the same name which was released in 2020. It was scheduled to visit states including Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Washington D.C before moving to Canada and later across the pond to Europe.
When he first announced plans to postpone his concerts, Mendes explained he has been touring since he was 15 years old and always found it 'difficult' to be away from friends and family. When he returned after the pandemic, he said the pressure 'caught up' to him, prompting him to 'hit a breaking point'.
If you're experiencing distressing thoughts and feelings, the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is there to support you. They're open from 5pm–midnight, 365 days a year. Their national number is 0800 58 58 58 and they also have a webchat service if you're not comfortable talking on the phone