Iggy Azalea has opened up about why she cancelled her Great Escape Tour! In a lengthy statement, the rapper says that she made the tough decision to pull out of her scheduled concerts because she was feeling creatively exhausted.
“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,” she said.
“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.”
The rapper also got bored of performing the same material, and thought it would stifle her to stay with the tour through the fall.
“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.”
When she postponed the tour in March, she said it was so that she could focus on making it as amazing as she dreamed her first arena tour would be. But she admits that the struggles she had getting opening acts was also a part of the problem. (Nick Jonas dropped out of the tour in March.)
“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,” she said.
She says that she doesn’t want to upset her fans, but it just felt like the right decision to make. We totally support her decision, even though we were definitely looking forward to seeing her hit the road. Hopefully, she’ll enjoy taking a creative breather!