Taylor Swift Reveals Her Mother Has Been Diagnosed With A Brain Tumour
In light of her upcoming documentary Taylor Swift: Miss Americana, Taylor Swift spoke to Variety about her music, Cats and how she’s no longer going to be “polite at all costs”. But the one thing that really touched our hearts was the singer revealing that her mother, Andrea Swift, has been diagnosed with a brain tumour.
During filming, when Andrea’s cancer had returned for the second time, “she was going through chemo, and that’s a hard enough thing for a person to go through.” Then it got harder. Speaking about this latest development publicly for the first time, Swift quietly reveals: “While she was going through treatment, they found a brain tumor. And the symptoms of what a person goes through when they have a brain tumor is nothing like what we’ve ever been through with her cancer before. So it’s just been a really hard time for us as a family.”
Back in 2015, Taylor shared in a Tumblr post that her mother was diagnosed with cancer. Andrea successfully finished treatment and beat cancer, but unfortunately, a few years later it relapsed. Taylor addresses the struggle on “Soon You’ll Get Better”, a song on her latest album. Those who view Miss Americana will look for signs of how her mom is doing. The subject comes up in a section of the film that includes a relatively light-hearted scene in which it shows how one of Andrea Swift’s ways of saying ‘eff you’ to cancer recently was to break the mold and bring a canine — her ‘cancer dog’ — into a famously feline-friendly family.
Taylor further opened up about how much her mother means to her. “Everyone loves their mom; everyone’s got an important mom,” she says. “But for me, she’s really the guiding force. Almost every decision I make, I talk to her about it first. So obviously it was a really big deal to ever speak about her illness.”
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Being on tour for at least nine months a year is a norm for Taylor, but for “Lover” she plans to limit herself to a few stadium dates in the USA and a trip around Europe’s festival circuit. This may not be 100% for personal reasons: “I wanted to be able to perform in places that I hadn’t performed in as much, and to do things I hadn’t done before, like Glastonbury,” she told Variety. “I feel like I haven’t done festivals, really, since early in my career — they’re fun and bring people together in a really cool way. But I also wanted to be able to work as much as I can handle right now, with everything that’s going on at home. And I wanted to figure out a way that I could do both those things.”
With being there for her mother as one of the main concerns, it’s no surprise that she’s come to this decision. “I mean, we don’t know what is going to happen. We don’t know what treatment we’re going to choose. It just was the decision to make at the time, for right now, for what’s going on,” she added.