The Shawn Mendes tour will not be resuming for at least another three weeks.
After hitting what Mendes can only describe as a “breaking point”, the singer took to Instagram to announce that he will no longer be continuing with his Wonder World Tour due to mental health issues. The Shawn Mendes tour has now been postponed for at least a confirmed three weeks.
The singer confirmed at the weekend that he would be taking an indefinite break from live performances, with the singer using the time off to focus on his mental health.
The decision is said to be based on the advice of health professionals and those closest to the singer. There is currently no news concerning the remaining dates being rescheduled.
Mendes opened up about his mental health struggles on July 8, in an Instagram message directed to his fans. The singer explained:
“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,” he 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. As soon as there are more updates I promise I will let you know I love you guys.”
This wouldn’t be the first time a Shawn Mendes tour has been postponed with the singer having opened up about his struggles with mental illness in the past.
The singer previously shared details about his ongoing battle with anxiety with GQ back in September 2021:
“My wellness journey started a couple of years ago when I was going through a really dark time. I had so much anxiety that I actually couldn’t sing anymore. It was all in my throat, which a lot of men experience. We often experience those emotions as tension in our back, neck, and as pain in our bodies. I couldn’t sing anymore, and I always had a thing about quitting. I didn’t want to quit.”
Mendes has often been very vocal about his personal life, unafraid to share the battles he has faced and continues to do so. In the past, the singer has told fans about coaches he has hired to help combat his anxieties, practising meditation, breathing exercises and even avoiding social media for certain periods of the day. Mendes has confessed that his goal in life is to achieve a feeling of “calm and good”. The anxieties he usually struggles with come from a lack of control in certain life situations, admitting that “setting boundaries” and “holding myself accountable for my own mindset” is where he often finds positivity and tranquillity.
Due to his lifestyle, being one of the most prolific pop icons, Mendes struggles to stick to these things daily which is why the singer has decided to take an indefinite time-out from the bright lights.
“Emotional wellness is really about vulnerability. Feeling like you’re around people who will let you express how you feel.”
The Shawn Mendes tour, titled “Wonder: The World Tour” is the Canadian singer’s fifth concert tour, in support of his fourth album Wonder. The tour is the first of Mendes’ to take sustainability into account with the singer recently becoming an outspoken advocate for environmental health. Fashion brand Tommy Hilfiger had announced that he would be donating a total of one million dollars to help Mendes with the project.
Kicking off on June 27, 2022, The World Tour was set to visit over 20 countries with over 50 shows, finally finishing on August 1, 2023.
Details of when the postponed shows will be rescheduled are yet to be released, with many fans left unsure as to when the tour will resume.
You can listen to Mendes’ latest release ‘Wonder’ below: