Claiming he’s reached ‘a breaking point’ just a week and a half into his North American tour, Canadian pop star Shawn Mendes has abruptly postponed three weeks of concert dates from the Saturday night show at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
“After a few years without a road, I felt like I was ready to dive back in, but this decision was premature and unfortunately the toll of the road and the pressure caught up with me,” said Mendes, 23. pulling social media posts sent Friday evening.
“I need to take time to heal and take care of myself and my sanity, first and foremost.”
Ticket holders for St. Paul and other canceled concerts — including Omaha and Milwaukee next week — can likely expect to reuse their seats for rescheduled dates whenever they’re confirmed, or request a refund. in the meantime. With his schedule almost already full until the end of October, he probably won’t be able to return until at least the end of the fall.
Best known for hits “There’s Nothin’ Holding Me Back” and “Stitches” as well as his duet with ex-girlfriend Camila Cabella, “Senorita,” Mendes last performed in Winnipeg on Thursday night and was even got a very favorable review from the town newspaper.
Her tour for her latest album, “Wonder,” kicked off June 27 in Portland, Oregon. Local ticket sales were down sharply from his previous date at the Xcel Center in 2019, when he sold out the arena.
Here is the full text of Mendes’ message on the postponement:
“It breaks my heart to have to say this, but unfortunately I’m going to have to postpone the next three weeks of shows in Uncasville, CT until further notice. I’ve been touring since I was 15 and to be honest, it’s always hard to be on the road away from my friends and family After a few years of being off the road I felt ready to dive back in but that decision was premature and unfortunately the toll of the road and the pressure have caught up for me and i have reached a breaking point after speaking with my team and the medical professionals i need to take some time off to heal and take care of myself and my sanity, first and foremost. As soon as there are more updates, I promise, I’ll let you know.”