Arlo Parks has canceled eight of her upcoming US touring shows to return to London and take a mental break.
The 22-year-old singer took to Instagram on Friday to announce the news and admitted she was in a “very dark place”.
Arlo described himself as “broken”, but assured fans she would make up for the cancellation – as she will return to continue the tour at the end of September.
Arlo has unplugged at scheduled shows in Boston, Detroit, Cleveland, Chicago, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Denver and Salt Lake City.
While the tour will resume in Portland on September 26 after the singer spent some time off in her hometown.
Speaking about her deteriorating mental health in the lengthy Instagram post, Arlo wrote, “I’ve been on the road off and on for the past 18 months, filling in every spare second in between and working myself to the bone. It was exciting and I really wanted to grind and show everyone what I’m capable of, how grateful I was to be where I am today.
“People around me started to worry, but I was driven to deliver and scared of disappointing my fans and myself. I pushed myself unhealthily farther and harder than I should have.
Arlo continues that she has been emotionally stretched to the limit and is “exhausted,” admitting, “I find myself in a very dark place now, exhausted and dangerously depressed – it’s painful to admit that my mental health has become a debilitating place, that I’m not okay, that I’m a person with limits.
“With this in mind, I have to cancel the Boston to Salt Lake City shows and resume the Portland tour.
Finally, the star thanked her loyal fans and vowed to make things right, explaining that they can get full ticket refunds.
“I don’t make decisions like this lightly, but I’m broken and I really need to get out, go home and take care of myself. I will do everything in my power to make things right – at the moment you can get refunds at your point of sale. I am forever grateful to everyone who continues to show up for me. What a dream to have fans like you – I’ll be back – dear AP.”
A host of fellow musicians took to the comments section to show their support for Arlo, including singers Clairo and Gabriella Aplin, with the latter writing, “Lots of love to you Arlo.”
While Clara supported Amfo with a comment that read, “Take all your time when the band left Fontaines love heart emoji.
Arlo’s debut studio album Collapsed in Sunbeams was released in 2021 – and earned the singer a coveted Mercury award.
The singer also took home a BRIT Award for Best New Artist last year before embarking on her tour in early September.
Their tour began in Quebec, Canada and will conclude in Atlanta on October 2nd.