Shawn Mendes Cancels His 2022 World Tour After Initially Citing a ‘Breaking Point’ in Mental Health
Shawn Mendes has canceled his entire 2022 Wonder: The World Tour after initially postponing multiple dates, citing mental health. He updated fans on Wednesday, July 27, via Instagram with a statement about the “toll” it has taken on him.
Nearly three weeks prior, Shawn shocked fans on July 8 when he penned a heartfelt note about why he postponed several weeks of his 2022 tour. Although he reassured his social media followers he would update them on anything, fans are still wondering if the “Stitches” singer is OK after he cited a mental health “breaking point” in his previous announcement.
Keep reading to find out everything we know about Shawn’s postponed tour.
Is Shawn Mendes’ 2022 Tour Canceled?
The “Wonder” artist has fully canceled his world tour after initially postponing a few concert dates.
“As you guys know, I had to postpone the past few weeks of shows since I wasn’t totally prepared for the toll that being back on the road would take on me,” he wrote in a statement via Instagram on July 27. “I started this tour excited to finally get back to playing live after a long break due to the pandemic, but the reality is I was not at all ready for how difficult touring would be after this time away.”
He then noted that he consulted with his team as well as an “incredible group of health professionals” and ultimately decided he needed to “ground [himself] and come back stronger.”
“I, unfortunately, have to cancel the rest of the tour dates in North America and the UK/Europe,” the “Mercy” artist concluded. “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. This doesn’t mean I won’t be making new music, and I can’t wait to see you 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. I love you all, and thank you all so much for supporting me and sticking by me on this journey.”
Why Shawn Mendes Postponed His 2022 Tour
In his initial July 8 statement, Shawn explained why he stepped back from his tour in his Instagram post.
“This breaks my heart to have to say this, but unfortunately, I’m going to have to postpone the next three weeks of shows through Uncasville, [Connecticut], until further notice,” he 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.”
The Canadian singer continued, “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 and I’ve hit a breaking point.”
“After speaking with my team and health professionals, I need to take some time to heal and take care of myself and my mental health, first and foremost,” Shawn concluded. “As soon as there are more updates, I promise I will let you know. Love you guys.”
Shawn Mendes Recently Opened Up About His ‘Truth’
Two months prior to postponing his 2022 tour, Shawn spoke out about his mental health a few times on social media. On April 19, the “Mercy” crooner opened up about his feelings in an emotional Twitter post.
“Sometimes, I ask myself what it is that I should be doing with my life, and what I always hear in return is ‘to tell the truth, to be the truth,’” he wrote. “I feel like that’s a hard thing to do, though. I’m afraid that if people know and see the truth, they might think less of me. They might become bored of me.”
Shawn continued, “So, in those moments of feeling low, I either put on a show or I hide. The truth, in current form, is a 23-year-old who constantly feels like he’s either flying or drowning. Maybe that’s just what it is to be in your 20s idk [sic], or maybe, that’s just me. The truth is I really do wanna show up in the world as my 100 percent true, honest, unique self and not care what anyone thinks, sometimes I do!! [sic] Sometimes, I really don’t care what people think, and I feel free. Most of the time it’s a struggle [though]. That’s the truth.”
The “Treat You Better” singer also explained how “even with so much success, [he] still find[s] it hard to feel like [he’s] not failing.”
“The truth is I’m overwhelmed and overstimulated lol [sic],” he added. “The truth is ALSO that I’m OK. I’m just tryna [sic] tell and be the truth. I like to think that maybe me saying this might resonate with some people.”
One week later, Shawn penned a separate note via Instagram about how “life can be hard.”
“I’ve been going through it lately,” he wrote on April 27. “Tryna be the best ain’t really doing it for me anymore if i’m honest. Turns out just being me feels a whole lot better.”