Sam Fender has announced he is taking time out after cancelling shows so he can concentrate on his mental health.
The Geordie singer songwriter said he felt “burnt out” from touring and it would be “completely hypocritical” of him supporting the subject if he did not look after his own wellbeing.
Fender has cancelled all remaining headline shows in America, support slots for Florence + The Machine and a spot on the bill at Las Vegas’ Life is Beautiful festival.
The 28-year-old released a statement on Instagram saying: “My friends and colleagues have been worried about me for a while.
“I’ve neglected myself for over a year now and haven’t dealt with things that have deeply affected me.
“It’s impossible to do this work on myself while on the road, and it’s exhausting feigning happiness and wellness for the sake of business. My friends and colleagues have been worried about me for a while and it’s not going to get better unless I take the time to do so.”
After going public with his mental health struggles Fender received messages of support from famous faces.
Irish post-punk band Fontaines DC called Sam a “good man”, while actress Gwyneth Paltrow replied: “This is beautiful. We love you. Look after yourself.”
Sam Fender plays St James's Park, Newcastle on 9th and 10th June 2023.
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