During an emotional interview, Taylor Swift revealed that her mother, Andrea Swift, is dealing with a new medical crisis: a brain tumor.
Taylor sat down with Variety to discuss her new Netflix documentary, “Miss Americana,” which is set to premiere this week at the Sundance Film Festival. But in talking about the documentary, she opened up about her mom’s medical issues that are also included in the film.
According to Taylor, doctors made another devastating diagnosis while mom Andrea Swift was undergoing chemotherapy treatment for her second battle with breast cancer.
“While she was going through treatment, they found a brain tumor,” Taylor told Variety. “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.”
“It’s just been a really hard time for us as a family,” Taylor added.
Andrea’s diagnosis was a huge factor in Taylor’s decision to limit her upcoming “Lover” tour.
Like many artists, Taylor normally spends plenty of time touring to promote a new album. This time around, the singer has reportedly limited her U.S. dates to only four stadium stops. Then she will head overseas to participate in Europe’s festival circuit in the summer.
“I mean, we don’t know what is going to happen,” Taylor explained. “We don’t know what treatment we’re going to choose.”
She continued, “It just was the decision to make at the time, for right now, for what’s going on.”
Doctors first diagnosed Andrea with breast cancer in April 2015, which Taylor revealed to her fans via Tumblr a few months later. Taylor had wanted to keep the details private, but Andrea encouraged her to make it public. She hoped that it might remind someone else to go get checked.
Andrea successfully completed treatment and went into remission, but unfortunately, in March 2019, Taylor revealed that she had relapsed.
“It’s taught me that there are real problems and then there’s everything else. My mom’s cancer is a real problem,” Taylor wrote in her ’30 Things I Learned Before Turning 30′ essay. “I used to be so anxious about daily ups and downs. I give all of my worry, stress, and prayers to real problems now.”