Shawn Mendes postpones 'Wonder' tour to focus on mental health: 'Take some time to heal'
Shawn Mendes announced on Friday that he is postponing his "Wonder" world tour for three weeks to focus on mental health.
In a statement shared on both Instagram and Twitter Friday night, the Canadian singer told fans that he had "hit a breaking point" – and needed to postpone concerts through Uncasville, Connecticut, originally scheduled on July 29, until further notice.
“This breaks my heart to have to say this, but unfortunately I’m going to have to postpone the next three weeks of shows," Mendes wrote. "I’ve been touring since I was 15 and to be honest it’s always been difficult to be on the road away from friends and family.
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 has caught up to me.”
The singer noted that he made the decision to postpone after speaking with health professionals and his team.
"I need to take some time to heal and take care of myself and my mental health, first and foremost," Mendes added. "As soon as there are more updates I promise I will let you know love you guys."
Mendes released his "Wonder" album in December 2020. His latest single, "When You're Gone" dropped March 31. The "Wonder" world tour kicked off June 27 in Portland, Oregon.
As of now, according to the "Wonder" world tour website, Mendes' next show following the three-week postponement will be in Toronto, Canada on July 31. The North American leg of the tour is set to continue through October 26, with European shows beginning in May 31, 2023 and ending August 1, 2023.
The 12 concerts that are currently postponed – with locations including Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. and more – have yet to be rescheduled. But the tour's website notes that "current tickets will be valid to the rescheduled shows." Fans should receive emails with more information from the primary platform they purchased their tickets on.
Earlier this week, Mendes shared that Disney+ was sponsoring the "Wonder" world tour and that the tour would feature a social impact initiative focused on issues including mental health equity and actions to combat the climate crisis, Variety reported.
Mendes has been vocal about mental health in the past – both through his music and in previous social media posts. In April, for example, the singer posted a note on Twitter sharing his struggles as a 23-year-old who "constantly feels like he’s either flying or drowning."
"The truth is even with so much success i still find it hard to not feel like I'm failing," Mendes wrote, "the truth is I'm ALSO okay... I like to think that maybe me saying this might resonate with some people."