Singer Taylor Swift revealed her mom, Andrea, was diagnosed with a brain tumor during an interview with Variety on January 21. The “Archer” artist confessed that it’s been an extremely “hard time” for her family and her mother’s illness is a part of why her Lover tour is much shorter compared to her previous ones. The tumor was found while Andrea was receiving treatment for an “undisclosed type of cancer” for the second time in her life.
“While she was going through treatment, they found a brain tumor,” the 29-year-old explained while giving a health update on her mom, 62. “And the symptoms of what a person goes through when they have a brain tumor is nothing like what we’ve ever been through with her cancer before. So it’s just been a really hard time for us as a family.”
Taylor is only playing five shows in the United States — plus some abroad — over the next year and she noted it’s because her mom’s future is very uncertain. “I mean, we don’t know what is going to happen,” she said. “We don’t know what treatment we’re going to choose. It just was the decision to make at the time, for right now, for what’s going on.”
Fans may get a glimpse into Andrea’s health struggles during the “Delicate” singer’s upcoming documentary, Miss Americana, which drops on Netflix on January 31. Taylor explained that her mom was “going through chemo” during filming, which is “a hard enough thing for a person to go through.” There is also a nod to the matriarch on the Lover album. In the song “Soon You’ll Get Better,” Taylor sings of being “scared” in the doctor’s office and how she wants to “pretend it isn’t real.”
Taylor also asks, “Who am I supposed to talk to?” in the emotional track because Andrea has been her confidant since day one. “Everyone loves their mom; everyone’s got an important mom. But for me, she’s really the guiding force,” the Grammy winner explained to Variety. “Almost every decision I make, I talk to her about it first. So obviously, it was a really big deal to ever speak about her illness.”
Our thoughts are with the Swift family during this difficult time.