Apparently 2019 is the year of major music stars taking a break from their careers to focus on family. First Justin Bieber, then Nicki Minaj, and now Chance the Rapper!
The 26-year-old rapper from Chicago just released his debut studio album, The Big Day, in July. He had planned a massive tour across the US and Canada to support the album, kicking off in September. Now, that tour isn’t going to happen until next year.
Chance (real name: Chancelor Jonathan Bennett) made the big announcement on Instagram this Monday. He shared a lovely photo of himself with his daughters and explained that, for the time being, his career is on hold.
The rapper married his long-time love Kirsten Corely in March of this year. The couple already shared a 4-year-old daughter named Kensli, and just a few days ago welcomed brand-new baby Marli.
“I thought it over for the past week and I’ve decided to push back my tour. This year has been one of the greatest of my life; Marriage, new baby, first album etc. But with it being so eventful it has also been very strenuous having to divide my time and energy between family and work,” Chance told his fans.
He confessed to regretting his decision to leave on tour 2 weeks after Kensli was born. Chance wrote that he “missed some of the most important milestones in her life, but more importantly I was absent when her mother needed me the most.”
Chance describes himself as a Christian rapper, and his faith is a central part of his identity as a person and an artist. He reportedly rediscovered his faith shortly after his first daughter was born.
Although he and Kirsten Corely’s relationship struggled after Kensli was born, with the pair breaking up and going through a lengthy court battle over child support, they eventually reconciled. Now, it seems as though Chance is committed to being there and making his wife and children his top priority.
Chance has pushed back the tour until January 15th of next year, although he’ll still be making appearances in Chicago later this month, as well as a handful of music festivals. He’ll be at the Life Is Beautiful Fest, the I Heart Music Fest, and the Miami Beach Pop Fest this year.
Fans with tickets to the canceled shows can get a refund or choose one of the new dates. A handful of cities–Newark, Tampa, St. Louis, Tulsa, Omaha, Saint Paul, and Ottawa–have yet to be rescheduled.