"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..."
Taylor Swift's Tumblr today had a solemn message for the singer's fans and followers. Swift's mother Andrea Finlay, 57, has been diagnosed with cancer.
Swift, 25, said that she is keeping the details of her mother's condition and treatment plans for it private, but that she and her mother wanted to share this information for a very important reason.
"She wanted you to know because your parents may be too busy juggling everything they’ve got going on to go to the doctor," Swift wrote on Tumblr.
"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."
Finlay quit her job as a mutual fund marketing executive to raise Swift and Swift's younger brother, Austin. She has joined her famous daughter on tour and even appeared in several of her videos.
Swift noted that she had asked her mom to get screened for potential health issues for Christmas last year, "just to ease some worries of mine." Her mother felt "perfectly fine" but went to the doctor for tests anyway.
Swift, 25, said that "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."
She concluded by thanking her fans 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."
Finlay and Swift's father, Scott Kingsley Swift, live in Nashville, Tennessee, in a mansion bought by their daughter in 2011 for $2.5 million.
#PrayForMamaSwift became a trending hashtag Thursday on Twitter, as Swift's loyal fan base offered prayers and messages of support. Within an hour and a half of her tweet sharing the news, it was retweeted more than 21,000 times. Many have shared "there's something in your eyes that says we can beat this," a lyric from Swift's 2008 song "Change."