Shawn Mendes postpones tour for mental health reasons

TORONTO — Shawn Mendes says he’s taking a three-week break from his world tour to focus on his mental health.

The musician, who grew up in Pickering, Ontario, posted a statement on his Instagram account Friday night that a number of US appointments were being postponed so he could “heal and take care of himself.”

Shawn Mendes will be presented with the International Achievement Award on Sunday, May 15, 2022 during the Juno Awards in Toronto. Mendes says he’s taking a three-week break from his Wonder World tour to focus on his mental health. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

“I’ve been touring since I was 15 and to be honest it’s always been difficult to be on the road without friends and family,” he wrote on Friday.

“After a few years off the road I felt like I was ready to dive back in but that decision was premature and unfortunately the toll of the road and the pressure caught up with me and I’ve reached a breaking point.”

Mendes said he consulted with his team and healthcare professionals before making the call.

The Canadian pop singer kicked off his Wonder World Tour on June 27 in Portland, Oregon, the first of more than 80 planned tour dates that will wind their way through North America into the fall before heading to Europe in 2023.

His schedule saw him play numerous consecutive nights in different cities, with one-day breaks between many of the dates. The postponed US shows have not yet been made up for.

Mendes will next perform in his hometown of Toronto on July 31.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on July 8, 2022.

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