Shawn Mendes has announced the cancellation of his remaining “Wonder Tour” dates citing mental health as his reasoning for calling off the tour dates. The singer took to Instagram to share a statement regarding the tour cancellation.
“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,” Mendes wrote on his Instagram. “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. 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.”
Mendes’ upcoming North American, UK and European tour dates have all been canceled. The singer continued to state that rescheduled tour dates have not been made, citing the need to focus on his health before getting back out on the road.
“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,” Mendes continued in his statement. “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.”
The “Wonder Tour” was slated to hit a total 77 arenas, with Dermont Kennedy and Tate McRae supporting the North American dates and King Princess joining Mendes in Europe. Prior to the run’s cancellation, Mendes ranaged to rank No. 9 on Pollstar‘s Artist Power Index.
The singer grossed $1 million from his June 28 stop at Seattle’s Climate Pledge Arena, selling out the venue with 11,531 tickets. His July 2 stop at Vancouver’s Rogers Arena also sold out, with 12,229 tickets sold and a $1.1 million gross.
Mendes had told fans earlier this month that he was taking some time off from touring to focus on his mental health, with plans to continue the trek after three weeks off. Prior to the initial cancellation, Mendes managed to perform seven dates off of the “Wonder Tour.” The now-deleted initial statement saw Mendes writing, “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 Ive hit a breaking point.”