Taylor Swift opens up about her mother's brain tumour diagnosis

By Zach Harper

Taylor Swift is sending love and support to her mother Andrea, who she has just revealed was diagnosed with a brain tumour.

In March 2019, the 10-time Grammy Award winner wrote an essay for Elle magazine in which she said her mother was being treated for cancer again. Andrea was first diagnosed with cancer in 2015, and Taylor wrote about it on her Tumblr.

This week, she opened up to Variety about her mother's new struggle and the effect it's had on her family. Taylor said while Andrea was having chemotherapy for an undisclosed form of cancer, her doctors also discovered a brain tumour.

"The symptoms of what a person goes through when they have a brain tumour is nothing like what we've ever been through with her cancer before," she told the publication in the emotional piece. "So it's just been a really hard time for us as a family."

Andrea presented Taylor with the 50th Anniversary Milestone Award at the Academy of Country Music Awards in 2015. Photo: © Kevin Winter/ACM2015/Getty Images for dcp

Taylor has recently been trying to balance releasing a new album and promoting it with being there for her mother. In December, she told Billboard she structured the tour in support of her most recent LP, Lover, to ensure she "could go home" if need be. Taylor's dad, Scott, has also battled cancer.

"Everyone loves their mom, everyone's got an important mom," she also said in the new Variety interview. "But for me, she's really the guiding force. Almost every decision I make, I talk to her about it first. So obviously, it was a really big deal to ever speak about her illness."

Andrea has been a steadfast source of support and encouragement for Taylor throughout her career, and there's a good chance her mother will be even more proud of her this weekend. Taylor's up for three Grammy Awards, including Song of the Year, Best Pop Solo Performance and Best Pop Vocal Album, and will find out if she wins at the ceremony on Jan. 26.

We're sending the entire Swift family our best wishes as Andrea continues to fight.

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