On Tuesday (Nov. 12), Summer Walker announced on Twitter that she is canceling several dates on her ongoing First And Last Tour.
“Hey y’all as you know, I have been very open about my struggle with social anxiety,” she wrote on Twitter. “I want to continue to be healthy and to make music for y’all, so I have decided to cut down some of the dates on the tour. I’m grateful for every single one of you. I hope that you understand.”
The tour, which began in London last month, was set for 35 cities across North America, including stops in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto, Atlanta and more. The R&B star will still perform at nine out of the remaining tour stops, but she has cancelled dates in Portland, Salt Lake City, Pittsburgh, Orlando, Memphis and more.
Hey y’all as you know, I have been very open about my struggle with social anxiety. I want to continue to be healthy and to make music for y'all, so I have decided to cut down some of the dates on the tour. I'm grateful for every single one of you. I hope that you understand pic.twitter.com/xkBvVnPMJq— SUMMER WALKER (@IAMSUMMERWALKER) November 13, 2019
“I just wanna say that I really, really, really appreciate anyone who genuinely loves my music, like the f*ck out my music, and comes to my show, comes to the meet- and-greets, respects me and really loves and respects my personality” she said in her tweeted video.
“Unfortunately I’m not gonna be able to finish this tour because it doesn’t really coexist with my social anxiety, my introverted personality. But I really hope that people understand and respect that, at the end of the day, I’m a person. I have feelings, I get tired, I get sad. And it's just a lot. And so, I don't wanna lose myself for someone else. I wanna give y’all what I can. I’m gonna keep making music, and I’m gonna do a few shows, but I can’t finish.”
Walker also added that those who bought tickets for the now-canceled dates will be refunded. She is still playing in San Francisco, Toronto, Chicago, Royal Oak, Boston, Philadelphia, New York City and her home city of Atlanta.
Some fans have been supportive of the 23-year-old singer since her post, however, others are frustrated.
“Listen, I’m over here tryna sell my Philly ticket because sis stage presence really hot garbage,” one Twitter user wrote. “She should’ve cancelled the whole tour.”
“Yeah I feel like she should have canceled the whole tour if it was mainly her anxiety that would make it fair,” another person wrote. “It’s like a slap in the face to her other fans. I think she is just overwork from traveling so much and performing that she wants to take a break.”
The news comes days after Walker addressed fans’ critique of her demeanor at concert meet-and-greets. One fan said that meeting the singer was “anticlimactic and disappointing” because of Walker’s lack of “care” and “compassion.”
“For those who’re upset b/c I don’t give hugs idk what to tell you...I’m an empath, and that transference of energy from that many people each day would literally KILL me,” Walker wrote on Instagram on Monday (Nov. 11). “So I ask you please respect my space in those moments.”
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I just want to say to all the fans who purchase meet & greets I really APPRECIATE y’all taking the extra time to meet me and share your stories. I tell everyone individually “thank you”, I spread love, we laugh & I give genuine compliments now for those who’re upset b/c I don’t give hugs idk what to tell you...I’m an empath, and that transference of energy from that many people each day would literally KILL me.. y’all may not understand what I’m talking about but for example... there’s a lot of people out here faking the funk with a smile on their face like they got it together but inside your actually suffering from some sort of traumatic experience, a loss, depressed, fearful, envious or whatever the case may be BUT I CAN FEEL IT. So I ask you please respect my space in those moments
Fans were already aware that The First and Last Tour would indeed be Walker’s last, as she announced the news on Instagram on Nov. 3. However, in the post, she did say she’d be finishing the entire tour, which has since changed.
“Na fr though I’ve decided y’all don’t deserve me lol I knew from day one I was to real for this sh*t,” she wrote. “Y’all can have the music & ima just head out. f*ck the interviews, photo shoots, videos, & really the shows too. I’ll finish this tour out tho.”
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na fr though I’ve decided y’all don’t deserve me lol I knew from day one I was to real for this shit. y’all can have the music & ima just head out. fuck the interviews, photo shoots, videos, & really the shows too. I’ll finish this tour out tho. I’m just a regular person, nothing more. lol people got this fame shit fucked up. I been me from day one, I’m not bout to start acting different, talking different, treating people different, or looking different. people really expect too much from you. Everyday / everything isn’t a miss America bad bitch contest, & I don’t feel the need to put others down to stay relevant. people really just DISCONNECTED.... hiding behind these apps, these filters, the clothes, the makeup, the hair lol a lot of y’all need to step back & get into yourselves.. from a different perspective. take the same amount of time that you normally do to prepare/improve your physical but apply it to your spirit & become COMFORTABLE with the real you, whoever that may be as long as your not hurting anyone. That same amount of time you take to chase the “bag” try putting that same amount of energy into patience, acceptance, understanding, self awareness, self love but I know no one gives a shit about what I’m saying so yeah. peace love & light ✌
During their Apple Music video interview, Walker also told Ari Lennox she was “over performing” and wanted to “go home and live a lovely normal life.”