Taylor Swift took to tumblr this week to share some very sad news with fans. Her mother, Andrea Finlay, has been diagnosed with cancer.
In a blog post titled “Just so you know…,” the singer lets fans know about her mom’s condition, while thanking them for their continued support. She also urges them to encourage their parents to get tested.
I’m writing to you with an update I wish I wasn’t giving you, but it’s important and I’m used to sharing important events in my life with you. Usually when things happen to me, I process them and then write music about how I feel, and you hear it much later. This is something my family and I thought you should know about now.
For Christmas this year, I asked my mom that one of her gifts to me be her going to the doctor to get screened for any health issues, just to ease some worries of mine. She agreed, and went in to get checked. There were no red flags and she felt perfectly fine, but she did it just to get me and my brother off her case about it.
The results came in, and I’m saddened to tell you that my mom has been diagnosed with cancer. I’d like to keep the details of her condition and treatment plans private, but she wanted you to know.
She wanted you to know because your parents may be too busy juggling everything they’ve got going on to go to the doctor, and maybe you reminding them to go get checked for cancer could possibly lead to an early diagnosis and an easier battle… Or peace of mind in knowing that they’re healthy and there’s nothing to worry about. She wanted you to know why she may not be at as many shows this tour. She’s got an important battle to fight.
Thank you for caring about my family so much that she would want me to share this information with you.
I hope and pray that you never get news like this.
The singer doesn’t specify what kind of cancer her mother has or her prognosis. Taylor, 25, is extremely close with her mom, 57, who often accompanies her on tour.
The "Blank Space" singer previously said that she was always a friend when she didn't have many others at school. The singer wrote a song The Best Day dedicated to their loving relationship, which features on her 2008 album Fearless.
It is not surprising that the singer used her Tumblr account to announce the news – Taylor often communicates with her fans through the social networking site by reposting their messages, and even consoling one fan who was heartbroken after her boyfriend broke up with her.
The generous star has also sent money and handmade gifts to loyal fans that she has discovered on social media.