Lewis Capaldi has cancelled all his upcoming commitments until he is due to perform at Glastonbury later this month.
The Scottish singer-songwriter said he needed time to rest and recover after the last few months had been “full on both mentally and physically”.
He is scheduled to play on Glastonbury‘s iconic Pyramid stage on Saturday 24 June ahead of Lizzo and headliner Guns N’ Roses.
Capaldi, 26, apologised to fans in a statement posted on Twitter, telling his 1.4 million followers: “I haven’t been home since Christmas and at the moment I’m struggling to get to grips with it all.
“I need to take a moment to rest and recover, to be at my best and ready for Glastonbury and all the other incredible shows coming up, so that I’m able to continue doing what I love for a long time to come.
“I need to take these three weeks to be Lewis from Glasgow for a bit, spend some time with my family and friends and do normal life things that are an important part of me feeling better.
“I hope everyone understands.”
He shared the statement along with a heartbroken emoji on Monday evening – adding that he was “extremely sorry” to his many fans who “spent money on travel or hotels, which I appreciate more than ever with how difficult things are economically at the moment”.
Capaldi’s cancelled performances include making his debut at the Capital Summertime Ball, due to take place on Sunday 11 June at Wembley Stadium.
One fan wrote: “Hope you’re ok Lewis, as much as I was looking forward to seeing you this weekend, I’d much prefer you to have a break and focus on yourself, hope you feel better soon.”
Another added: “So sorry it got too much but please take care of yourself, take some time just living life, we’ll still be here whenever you’re ready to come back.”
Capaldi’s announcement comes just days after the Someone You Loved star’s second album, Broken By Desire To Be Heavenly Sent, hit the top spot in the official UK album charts.
He postponed a string of live performances in 2021 to focus on recording his new album.
The singer recently admitted on an Apple Music show that his mental health issues were a “direct symptom” of his work.
He said “a few panic attacks” and his recent Tourette’s diagnosis was worth the trade-off for a pop star’s life, but admitted he could give up music if his mental health worsened.