Taylor Swift said she only worries about 'real problems now' after revealing her mum's cancer is back and her dad also battled the disease

Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty ImagesTaylor Swift has spoken out about her parents’ battles with cancer.
  • Taylor Swift says her mother’s cancer has returned.
  • Andrea Swift was first diagnosed with cancer in 2015.
  • The pop star has admitted her father, Scott, battled the disease too.
  • She says it has helped put her own problems into perspective.

Taylor Swift has admitted that her mother’s cancer has returned, and that her father fought the disease, too.

In a revealing first-person essay for the April issue of Elle, Swift penned 30 things she’s learned as she approaches her 30th birthday.

One of these life lessons, she says, is finding out how to cope with loved ones being seriously sick.

“I’ve had to learn how to handle serious illness in my family,” the singer said.

“Both of my parents have had cancer, and my mum is now fighting her battle with it again.”

Swift went on to explain that her parents, Andrea and Scott, suffering from the disease has helped put everything else into perspective.


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“It’s taught me that there are real problems and then there’s everything else,” she continued.

“My mum’s cancer is a real problem. I used to be so anxious about daily ups and downs. I give all of my worry, stress, and prayers to real problems now.”

Swift first told fans her mum had been diagnosed with cancer in 2015 in a Tumblr post which is no longer available.

However, the pop star revealed that sharing the news publicly had been her mother’s idea, as she hoped it would encourage fans to discuss health issues with their parents.

“She wanted you to know because your parents may be too busy juggling everything they have 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…” Swift wrote.

“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.”


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In the candid essay, Swift also explained that her mother never punished her when she was little – not because she was always perfectly behaved, but that the young girl was always hard enough on herself.

“My mum always tells me that when I was a little kid, she never had to punish me for misbehaving because I would punish myself even worse,” Swift said.

“I’d lock myself in my room and couldn’t forgive myself, as a five-year-old. I realised that I do the same thing now when I feel I’ve made a mistake, whether it’s self-imposed exile or silencing myself and isolating.

“I’ve come to a realisation that I need to be able to forgive myself for making the wrong choice, trusting the wrong person, or figuratively falling on my face in front of everyone. Step into the daylight and let it go.”

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