Canadian pop star Shawn Mendes has cancelled the rest of his Wonder world tour to care for his mental health.
The singer made the announcement in an Instagram post on Wednesday, July 27, 2022.
The 23-year-old singer wrote: “After speaking more with my team and working with an incredible group of health professionals, it has become more clear that I need to take the time I’ve never taken personally to ground myself and come back stronger.
“I unfortunately have to cancel the rest of the tour dates in North America, and the UK/Europe.”
More than 70 performances were cancelled, including four in Canada: two shows in Toronto on July 31 and Aug. 2, and two shows in Montreal on Aug. 15 and 16.
The scrapped concerts would have stretched into mid-2023. To date, only seven shows on his tour were actually performed, including shows in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg.
Mendes assured fans that the cancelled tour won’t affect his plans to make new music or to perform onstage again in the future.
“I promise I will be back as soon as I’ve taken the right time to heal,” he wrote.
Mendes had previously postponed the tour for 3 weeks. He announced earlier this month that he had “hit a breaking point” after touring steadily since he was 15 and he would be taking a three-week break from the tour, postponing a string of shows in the U.S.
The singer has long been open about his mental health struggles and has said that he hopes his honesty helps and empowers others.