Iggy Azalea Explains Why She Cancelled ‘The Great Escape Tour’ In Her Own Words
Before saying “Girl, bye” to Twitter, Iggy Azalea’s timeline was an occasionally irritating, often entertaining stream of consciousness. Never one to express an idea in one tweet when she could fire off 20, the femcee is known for her more-is-more approach to communication. As such, it’s not surprising that her statement about canceling The Great Escape Tour is a little long-winded. It’s also, once you skip past the first couple of paragraphs, refreshingly real.
Sure, the Aussie implements the well-worn excuse of creative difference and then waxes lyrical on “mental breaks” (for a very long paragraph), but the straight-talker in her emerges towards the end. Iggy basically admits that she couldn’t find a support act to fill the slots left open by Nick Jonas and Tinashe, apologizes to fans and addresses the (gross) celebration the cancellation sparked in the media.
“I said to a friend the other day, ‘The only reason why at this point I would stay and do this tour is to save face publicly, or to not endure publicly what people will say if I cancel it,'” she admits. “And that’s not a good enough reason to do something.” Instead of the rigors of touring, the “Fancy” hitmaker can now recharge her batteries and plan her wedding to basketball star Nick Young. Read the statement, which she gave exclusively to Seventeen, below.
Iggy Azalea’s statement:
I’ve had a different creative change of heart. I want to start totally anew, and if I stayed on my tour, that would mean I wouldn’t even be able to start working on that until after Christmas.
On top of that, mentally, to be honest with you, I just feel I deserve a break. I’ve been going non-stop for the past two years, nearly every single day. I’m not in a bad place. I think sometimes when you say you need a mental break, people are like, “A mental break? Be sure you don’t have a breakdown because you’re sad.” No, not necessarily. It’s very emotionally draining to be on all the time and going all the time, planning all the time. It’s a lot, and it’s tough. I need a break from everything to just enjoy what I worked so hard for, and I don’t really feel like I’ve had a chance to do that. I need a break to figure out what I want my sound to progress to, and I need a break to figure out how I want my visuals to progress.
It can kind of wear on you, too, when you’ve been doing the same material for a really long time. Even though a lot of people just discovered it, I am a musician and a creative person and I want to be able to perform new stuff and do new things. I feel like I’m at the end of an era now. To go on a tour in late September and to stay in that mindset of what I’d envisioned for that tour, I feel like that would stifle me.
And then, on top of that, once I postponed [the tour the first time], I couldn’t find two opening acts. I began the search, and to be honest, I never found someone who was available on those dates that I thought was a good fit for the tour.
It just seemed like it was so many things pointing me in the direction of not doing [the tour], that I finally thought, when enough things come your way, you can’t ignore the signs. It’s not easy to decide that the best thing to do is cancel a tour, but that’s the best thing for me. I don’t want to disappoint fans. I feel really bad. It was a tough decision to make, but it was the best thing.
There are people thinking it’s me giving up, or me failing at something, somehow. I said to a friend the other day, “The only reason why at this point I would stay and do this tour is to save face publicly, or to not endure publicly what people will say if I cancel it,” and that’s not a good enough reason to do something. So that’s the choice I made.
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