Typically, Taylor Swift’s Tumblr is one of the happiest places on the internet. Not so today. Swift posted a note Thursday morning sharing that her mother has been diagnosed with cancer.
“For Christmas this year, I asked my mom that one of her gifts to me be her going to the doctor to get screened for any health issues, just to ease some worries of mine. She agreed, and went in to get checked,” she writes. “There were no red flags and she felt perfectly fine, but she did it just to get me and my brother off her case about it. The results came in, and I’m saddened to tell you that my mom has been diagnosed with cancer.”
Swift does not specify what kind of cancer her mother, Andrea, has and says that she’d like to keep her “condition and treatment plans” private.
Continuing her post, Swift encourages everyone to get some medical testing done: better to be safe than sorry.
“[Andrea] wanted you to know because your parents may be too busy juggling everything they’ve got going on to go to the doctor, and maybe you reminding them to go get checked for cancer could possibly lead to an early diagnosis and an easier battle… Or peace of mind in knowing that they’re healthy and there’s nothing to worry about,” she says. “She wanted you to know why she may not be at as many shows this tour. She’s got an important battle to fight.”
There’s never really a good time for news like this, but now is absolutely terrible timing for Swift and her family. Swift’s younger brother Austin is preparing to graduate from Notre Dame soon and Swift kicks off her 1989 World Tour in Japan in May. She’ll spend the majority of the year traveling throughout North America and Europe.
Taylor concluded her message on a grateful and hopeful note: “Thank you for caring about my family so much that she would want me to share this information with you. I hope and pray that you never get news like this.”
We’ll be keeping the Swift family in our thoughts and in our hearts and know you will be, too.