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Shawn Mendes Needed to ‘Slow Down’ Amid Tour, Says Source: ‘Being in the Public Eye Has Put Pressure’ on Him

Shawn Mendes announced on July 8 that he’d be postponing three weeks of upcoming concert dates until “further notice” to “take care of myself and my mental health”

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Shawn Mendes has improved his mental health after being in the spotlight for more than seven years.

His statement stated that he has “always found it difficult” to be on the road “away from friends and family,” and that he began the North American portion of his tour June 27.

It’s worth noting that Shawn Mendes has postponed his world tour in order to focus on his mental health.

However, the choice was made “prematurely and unfortunately, the toll of the road and strain has caught up to me, and I’ve reached my breaking point,” he said.

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In his final words, he said, “As soon as there are additional developments, please know that I love you all.””

In a Beats 1 interview with Zane Lowe in 2018, Mendes revealed that he suffers from anxiety. It was a year later that he told PEOPLE that revealing his battle with depression was “one of the scariest yet most important things that I’ve ever done.”

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The song “In My Blood,” which would later be nominated for a Grammy, was cathartic for Mendes at the time.

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That was the most beneficial thing I did, he said. However, “I’m still dealing with it, but remember that everyone else does, too; we’re all in this together.”

Weeks after announcing his breakup from Camila Cabello, the 25-year-old singer stated he was having a “hard time” with social media in December 2021.

The singer began by saying, “I’m having a little bit of a hard time with social media at the moment, just kind of my connection with it,” before thanking his fans for connecting with his new song, “It’ll Be Okay.”

A lot of people have been posting pictures and videos of themselves crying and feeling emotional on TikTok, and I think that’s because the song “It’ll Be Okay” contains some truth and honesty.

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Pick up Friday’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands nationwide, for all the scoop on why Shawn Mendes took a break from his tour.

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