Sam Fender He takes a step back.
The British musician, 28, announced this week that he has canceled a series of shows in order to take care of his mental health, as a turbulent year filled with dozens of international tour dates left him “exhausted”.
“It seems completely hypocritical for me to advocate for a discussion about mental health and write songs about it if I don’t take the time to take care of my mental health,” he wrote in a lengthy statement shared on Instagram. “I’ve been neglecting myself for over a year now and haven’t dealt with the things that have affected me so badly.”
Fender continued, “It’s impossible to do this work on myself while on the road, and it’s exhausting pretending to be happy and healthy in order to work. My friends and colleagues have been worried about me for a while and it won’t get better unless I take the time to do it.”
The “Seventeen Going Under” singer — whose lyrics address everything from the plight of the blue-collar worker to toxic masculinity and mental health — said that while he was “forever overwhelmed” by the love and support of his fans, and didn’t want to disappoint them, “my state of well-being is beginning to affect all of them.” I do, including my performance.”
As a result, the musician said, he will cancel three major shows in Portland, Seattle and Vancouver, as well as opening slots for the Florence and the Machine Festival and Life Is Beautiful in Las Vegas.
“I refuse to go out there and not give her all my time,” he said, “because you all deserve nothing less.” “I can’t express how grateful we are to have such a wonderful fan base. I have met quite a few of you over the years and those encounters have truly rekindled my belief in humanity, you are all so good.”
He concluded, “The boys and I are exhausted and need this time. Thank you for sticking with us always ❤️”
Fender’s message was met with an outpouring of support from fans including Ghouinith baltrowwho recently watched the star’s show in New York City in August.
“This is beautiful. We are you. Take care of yourself,” she wrote.
It was a tornado year for Fender, who released his second studio album, Seventeen goes underin October 2021. The album was a smash hit in its home country of the United Kingdom, achieved number one on the albums chart, won the 2022 BRIT Awards, and was nominated for the 2022 Mercury Award.
Fender spent a good portion of 2021 on the road, and It opened its doors to the public in July About the ways his rise to fame affected his mental health.
“The anxiety is crazy,” he said. “I feel like every word that comes out of my mouth will be scrutinized.” “I’ve always had this thing in my head, I think when I was a little kid and I was full of insecurities and I was bullied and I had all these things that I was having in me, I always thought I was going to be able to fix that once I broke it as a guitarist and singer. And if I had a band and I created it and had success, I always thought it would just close the lid on everyone from that. But the reality is, if anything, it just amplifies it. It just makes you more insecure.”
The “Get You Down” singer said he recently found a boyfriend and girlfriend on The Frontman Matty Healy in 1975, who helped him through some of the more “stressful” parts of the job by offering advice.
He added at the time, “I was saying this to the brand, I was kind of, ‘I want to live a little bit more, because I’m not right now.’” I was like, ‘My life is constantly going around and I do things for this. The point at which he became uninspired. I had a lot of things to write about at the beginning of the year, which I actually did, but now it’s like, I think I need a little time to just be a person.”
Fender will be back on the road in November for four dates in Australia.
If you or someone you know needs mental health help, text “STRENGTH” to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 to have a certified crisis counselor contacted.