In early July, Shawn Mendes announced he needed to take a break from touring to focus on his mental health (via USA Today). In a since-deleted Instagram post, Mendes revealed that being away from loved ones was difficult and the pressures that came with touring became too overwhelming. He was supposed to continue his tour in Toronto on July 31, but a few days before the show, the “Mendes Army” received sad news.
The “When You’re Gone” singer took to Instagram to announce that he’s canceling the rest of “Wonder: The World Tour.” Mendes wrote, “We had hopes that after some much-needed time off I might be able to continue with the remaining dates, but at this point I have to put my health first.” Thanking his fans for their support, he insisted that he would go back on tour after giving himself the right amount of time to heal.
While the majority of the singer’s fans showed understanding, others got angry about refunds and travel expenses that they could not recover. Some fans were shocked too to see how much Mendes has traveled and partied since the tour was canceled. Despite the backlash, Mendes appears to be enjoying the time off.
Shawn Mendes focuses on himself after tour cancellation
Shawn Mendes was spotted in both California and Miami, Florida after announcing his tour cancellation. He recently celebrated his 24th birthday in Miami and was even spotted partying at LIV nightclub with The Weeknd, per People. He was also seen hanging out with friends at the beach during his time in Florida in photos posted by Page Six. Mendes noted that being away from family and friends while on the road has been difficult for him, but he appears to be making up for lost time.
When he left LAX on August 9, he told a TMZ Reporter: “I take a lot of time just to do therapy. Mendes revealed he’s using the break from touring to do things he hasn’t been able to do in recent years, like “just have dinner with friends and stuff.”
Mendes also finally responded to what he has to say to fans concerned about refunds and travel expenses. He answered the question optimistically, saying, “I think we can figure it out. I mean everything’s kind of workable.” And while it’s never easy for an artist or their fans to cancel a tour, Mendes seems to be focused on what matters most to him right now — his health.