August 9, 2022

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Shawn Mendes cancels tour dates due to toll of playing live

Canadian pop star Shawn Mendes has delayed the remainder of his tour so that he can focus on his health. In 2020, the COVID pandemic put an end to international tours, forcing several celebrities, including the 23-year-old, to take a vacation from public performances.

Mendes, however, claimed in a statement that he “was not at all prepared for how difficult touring would be after this time away.”

He promised his admirers that he would come back when he had “taken the necessary time to heal.”

Mendes was scheduled to play shows in Birmingham, Glasgow, London, and Sheffield in 2023, but the events have since been postponed.

Mendes stated in a statement published on his social media pages: “I was eager to resume live performances after a protracted hiatus caused by the pandemic when I embarked on this tour, but the truth is that I was not at all prepared for how challenging travelling would be after this absence.”

“It has become more obvious to me that I need to take the time I’ve never taken personally to ground myself, to reconnect with myself, and to return stronger after talking with my team and working with an amazing group of health professionals.

He thanked the audience for their support and assured them that he would continue to release music despite the cancellation of the shows.

Mendes had only performed seven of the 87 gigs he had planned in the United States and Europe.

The singer previously announced that he was cancelling some of the tour dates to “recuperate and take care of myself and my mental health.” This news comes in response to his earlier announcement.

Mendes claimed at the time that the COVID epidemic had forced him to spend “a few years off the road” and that he was “ready to dive back in,” but that his decision had ultimately proven to be “premature.”

Stitches, Treat You Better, There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back, and Senorita—a duet with his ex-girlfriend Camila Cabello—are some of the singer’s biggest songs.