Taylor Swift cancels all 2020 tour dates, tells fans to 'stay healthy and safe'

'I know this is the right decision.'
April 17, 2020 4:05 p.m. EST
April 17, 2020 4:15 p.m. EST

Around the world, summer plans are rapidly shifting from patios and music festivals, to at-home workouts and virtual concerts. And while we adjust to this new normal, celebrities with events slated for the coming months are continuously faced with a tough decision — one which Taylor Swift has now had to make, as well.

In light of the current pandemic, and the uncertainty surrounding when businesses and public spaces will start to re-open, Taylor Swift has officially cancelled her 2020 tour dates, including her Lover Fest dates, scheduled to kick off in Los Angeles in July. Her U.S. and Brazil shows originally planned for this year will now take place in 2021.

Addressing her fans (AKA Swifties) on Twitter today, Swift said, “I’m so sad I won’t be able to see you guys in concert this year, but I know this is the right decision. Please, please stay healthy and safe. I’ll see you on stage as soon as I can but right now what’s important is committing to this quarantine, for the sake of all of us.”

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Taylor also shared a statement from her team, explaining that, “the safety and wellbeing of fans should always be the top priority. Health organizations and governments around the world have strongly discouraged large public gatherings for an undetermined period of time. With many events throughout the world already canceled, and upon direction from health officials in an effort to keep fans safe and help prevent the spread of COVID-19, sadly the decision has been made to cancel all Taylor Swift live appearances and performances this year.” While each cancellation admittedly stings a bit, we can’t help but feel appreciative to those celebrities taking the initiative to encourage physical distancing during these times.

Fortunately for Swifties, quarantine protocol doesn’t mean we won’t get to see Swift in some (virtual) way. Taylor will be joining the likes of Céline Dion, Jennifer Lopez, Alicia Keys, Shawn Mendes, John Legend, and more for the One World: Together at Home COVID-19 benefit concert curated by Lady Gaga, streaming Saturday, April 18 at 8/9 MT on CTV.

The virtual benefit extravaganza will also include beloved celebrities such as Oprah, Ellen DeGeneres, Amy Poehler and more — so, safe to say we are marking our calendars and clearing our (very busy, very in-demand) quarantine schedules.[video_embed id='1941624']RELATED: Rachel McAdams donates $10K during hometown charity stream-a-thon[/video_embed]

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