With awards show season in full swing, life in the spotlight is undoubtedly keeping Taylor Swift busy (she’s up for three Grammys this year!). But Swift’s focus remains behind-the-scenes — in an emotional new interview, she shared that her mom Andrea is battling a brain tumor. While fans have known for some time that the beloved Swift matriarch has cancer, this is the first time Swift has revealed the heartbreaking update on her mom’s health.
Speaking to Variety, Swift discussed her mother’s illness and how much it weighs on her. “Everyone loves their mom; everyone’s got an important mom,” she points out, adding, “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.” Still, the family had decided to do so in Swift’s upcoming Netflix special, Miss Americana. Then, during filming, Andrea’s cancer returned and she had to undergo chemo.
It was at that point, Swift shared, they discovered their battle was about to get even more complicated. “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,” said Swift. “So, it’s just been a really hard time for us as a family.”
Swift also addressed the fact that she’s taking a different approach to touring this year — a decision that was at least in part influenced by her mother’s health. Typically, she would devote nine months of the year to being on the road after the release of an album. And having released her seventh album, Lover, in August 2019, it was presumed she’d be doing a major tour, per the norm. However, Swift plans to limit herself to four stadium dates in America this summer along with hitting the festival circuit in Europe.
When asked if being available to her mother is a major concern, Swift conceded the point. “That’s the reason,” she says. “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.”