Ten artists who canceled their tour due to mental health issues
The latest musical artist to cancel his tour amid his mental health struggles is rapper/singer Russ, who admits in an Instagram post that mentally he felt “like shit”.
AceShowbiz – Great artists can look strong as they go through tours with dozens of shows and months of travel. However, sometimes they can be overwhelmed and this is the time when they need to take a step back from the music and even the road.
As with ordinary people, it is important for artists to focus on their well-being. Of Shawn Mendes, Russian at justin bieberhere’s the list of big names who have given up live play over the years amid their mental health struggles.
1. Shawn Mendes
Shawn Mendes decided to cancel the remainder of their “Wonder” world tour of North America and the UK/Europe in July. When explaining the reason for his action, the “Senorita” crooner admitted that he “wasn’t fully prepared that getting back on the road would cost him dearly. [him].”
A few weeks before making the announcement on Instagram, Shawn postponed some legs of his tour. A source told PEOPLE at the time, “Shawn is a very sensitive and caring guy. When he gets frustrated with things around him, he withdraws into himself and hurts. He said he gets help, so that’s admirable.”
2. Selena Gomez
2016 was a difficult year for Selena Gomez. There “Only murders in the buildingThe actress had to cancel her “Revival” tour at that time because she wanted to deal with anxiety, panic attacks and depression resulting from her battle with lupus.
“As many of you know, about a year ago I revealed that I have lupus, a disease that can affect people in different ways,” the former Disney sweetheart told PEOPLE . “I have found that anxiety, panic attacks and depression can be side effects of lupus, which can present their own challenges. I want to be proactive and focus on maintaining my health and happiness and I’ve decided the best way to go is to take some time off.”
Russian joined a long line of artists who canceled their tours to focus on their mental health. On August 28, the “Are You Entertained” rapper announced on Instagram, “I have to cancel the European tour. Over the past 24 hours, things have happened that have led to extremely lonely and empty realizations of things in my family life that make me feel like it’s going to explode.”
Russ’ statement, however, ruffled some feathers. Among those who slammed the “What They Want” rhyme was another emcee, Lil pumpwho argued, “Do you think you have mental health issues? …I’m from Dade County, b***h. I was born with mental health issues. How about dealing with it and d ‘stop being f**king p***y… You know damn well who I’m talking to, boy Your a** just canceled a whole tour in Europe, b***h. f**king to cancel the shit.”
4. Zayn Malik
Zayn Malik leave asian leg of A directionfrom the world tour in 2015 due to stress. “Zayn has been signed through stress and is returning to the UK to recuperate,” a statement read at the time. “The group wishes him good luck and will continue his performances in Manila and Jakarta.”
Just a week later, Zayn shocked the world by announcing he would be leaving the band for good. “My life with One Direction has been more than I could have imagined,” he said at the time. “But, after five years, I feel like now is the right time for me to leave the band. I would like to apologize to the fans if I let anyone down, but I have to do what’s best for me in my heart.”
5. Solange Knowles
Solange Knowles had a fair share of musical show cancellations. After relocating from Los Angeles to Brooklyn, New York, the “Don’t Touch My Hair” singer has confirmed that she has canceled her European tour dates for August 2013.
“I wish I could say how difficult that decision was,” said the younger sister of Beyonce Knowles wrote on his website at the time. “But between moving part-time to a new city, starting my son at a new school, and writing/recording my new record…I really had to make the best decision for my mental/physical health and bring some stability to my family. .”
6. Ariana Grande
The suicide bombing during Ariana GrandeHer performance at the Manchester Arena shook her. Following the incident in May 2017, which killed 22 people, the interpreter of “Side to Side” has decided to suspend his “Dangerous Woman” tour.
Ariana previously explained that she knew she wouldn’t be able to perform until she hosted the One Love Manchester benefit concert in June 2017. “When I came back from the tour I got really crazy dizzy, this feeling of not being able to breathe… There were a few months in a row where I felt so upside down.”
7. Lady GaGa
It took years to Lady Gaga to finally reveal the reason why she canceled her “Fame Kills” tour with Kanye West in 2009. While fans assumed she ditched him due to the rapper’s MTV VMA antics involving Taylor Swiftthe “Poker Face” singer revealed in 2018 that she just wanted to focus on her mental health.
“I think everyone has a threshold and everyone is human, and artists are human…” she said in an interview obtained by NME. “There’s nothing wrong with an artist having to stop – they’re the one listening to their body and mind… It’s okay to be treated like a human being.”
8. Demi Lovato
Demi Lovato, who had battled alcoholism and drug addiction, was rushed to hospital in July 2018 after an overdose. Following the incident, the “Heart Attack” singer canceled the remaining dates of her “Tell Me You Love Me” tour.
The “Cool for the Summer” hitmaker was set to kick off in November 2018 in Fortaleza, Brazil. Unfortunately, she was forced to abandon the plan as she entered rehab and treatment afterward.
9. Kanye West
Kanye West was on tour to promote his “Saint Pablo” album in 2016. However, things took a southerly turn when the “N***as in Paris” went on a public rant during his concert. Under pressure from tour insurer Lloyds and London to continue touring, he decided to back down.
Kanye was later hospitalized for stress and exhaustion at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. Despite his hospitalization, Lloyds still pressured the emcee to continue his shows, prompting him to sue the company for $10 million. In the lawsuit, he said he tried to convince them that his mental breakdowns were real.
10. Justin Bieber
justin bieber upset her fans in 2017 after she canceled the rest of her “Purpose” world tour without explanation. However, the Canadian pop star ultimately revealed he took the step because he wanted his “mind, heart and soul to be enduring”.
“I learned that the more you appreciate your calling, the more you want to protect your calling,” the husband of Hailey Baldwin wrote in a note shared on Instagram. “I’m taking this time right now, this is me saying I want to be SUSTAINABLE…so I can be the man I want to be, the husband I eventually want to be, and the father I want to be .”