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Lewis Capaldi cancels upcoming shows ahead of Glastonbury due to struggles with mental health

LEWIS Capaldi, the acclaimed British singer, has made the difficult decision to cancel all his upcoming commitments leading up to the highly anticipated Glastonbury Festival. The 26-year-old artist, known for his soulful ballads and raw lyrics, took to social media on Monday to apologise to his fans and explain the reasons behind his cancellation.

In a heartfelt post shared on Twitter and Instagram, Capaldi expressed his struggle with the pressures of fame and the toll it has taken on his mental and physical well-being. He revealed that the past few months had been overwhelming, with his second studio album, “Broken By Desire To Be Heavenly Sent,” topping the charts and receiving immense support from his dedicated fan base. However, the demands of his career have left him feeling drained and in need of a break.

“It’s been such an incredible time leading into this new album, and seeing all of the support from everyone has been beyond anything I could have ever dreamed of,” Capaldi wrote. “That said, the last few months have been full on both mentally and physically, I haven’t been home properly since Christmas, and at the moment, I’m struggling to get to grips with it all.”

To ensure he can give his best performance at Glastonbury and other upcoming shows, Capaldi emphasised the importance of taking time to rest and recover. He expressed the need to reconnect with his roots and spend quality time with family and friends in his hometown of Glasgow. The singer acknowledged the impact his decision would have on those who had made travel and accommodation arrangements for his canceled gigs, expressing his sincere apologies.

“The fact you’re willing to come out and spend your time, money, and love on these shows is beyond comprehension, and I feel incredibly lucky,” Capaldi conveyed to his devoted fans. “I’m getting all the help and support I need from the incredible people around me who I’m so grateful for. I take none of this for granted and can’t wait to be back doing it again.”

The announcement received an outpouring of support from fans and fellow celebrities. Former Love Island contestant Alex George, who serves as the government’s youth mental health ambassador, encouraged Capaldi to take the time he needs, assuring him that his fans would be patiently waiting for his return.

Capaldi’s rise to stardom began with the release of his debut album, “Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent,” in 2019. The album reached number one on the charts and earned critical acclaim. His hit single “Someone You Loved” not only became the bestselling single of 2019 but also holds the record as the longest-running top 10 UK song by a British artist.

The talented singer has been candid about his mental health struggles in the past. In the Netflix documentary “Lewis Capaldi: How I’m Feeling Now,” he shared the impact of fame on his well-being. During a recent interview on an Apple Music show, Capaldi revealed that his mental health issues were a direct result of his profession. While acknowledging the challenges, including panic attacks and his recent Tourette’s diagnosis, he expressed his commitment to his music career. However, he also acknowledged that if his mental health worsened, he would have to consider stepping away from the industry.

Capaldi is scheduled to perform at the Glastonbury Festival on Saturday, June 24, on the Pyramid Stage, following performances by Lizzo and Guns N’ Roses. Fans and music enthusiasts around the world will be eagerly anticipating his return and wishing him a restful and rejuvenating break.