In a brief statement, Interscope Records said Eminem was scrapping the tour, which was supposed to kick off September 1 in Hamburg, Germany, and end September 17 in Dublin, Ireland. There were 10 concerts scheduled.

“Eminem is currently being treated for exhaustion, complicated by other medical issues. The shows are not expected to be rescheduled,” the statement read.

Eminem’s publicist, Dennis Dennehy, told The Associated Press he had no further information on the best-selling rapper’s condition, and couldn’t say whether he was hospitalized or what other medical issues he had.

“We just want to get the word out that these tour dates are being canceled,” he said. “Hopefully we’ll have some news later on.”

Eminem, 32, just ended his summer tour with rappers 50 Cent and Lil Jon on August 13 with performances in his hometown of Detroit. Dennehy said it was unclear when the decision was made to cancel the European tour.

Last month, Eminem denied a report that said he was planning to retire after releasing four multiplatinum albums, including his latest, “Encore.” But he did say he might be taking a breather from his multiplatinum career.

“When I say I’m taking a break, I’m taking a break from my music to go in the studio and produce my other artists and put their albums out,” Eminem said on MTV’s Web site.

“When I know my next move, I’ll tell everyone my next move. Not some reporter who writes a story about `This is Eminem’s last album.’ I never said (`Encore’) was my last album.”