Taylor Swift has opened up about a problem that she cannot simply shake off.
Her mother has been diagnosed with cancer.
In a heartfelt Tumblr post, the beloved artist went into sad detail about her mom, Andrea Finlay, and the situation in which her family now finds itself.
"Hey guys, 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," Swift wrote online.
"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."
Taylor went on to explain that she asked her mother to get “screened for any health issues” as a Christmas present late last year, despite an absence of “red flags” at the time.
Tragically, the cancerous results came back this week.
"I'd like to keep the details of her condition and treatment plans private, but she wanted you to know," Swift continued. "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."
Swift, who will need the support of her famous friends more than ever, concluded on a gracious note:
"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."
This sad news arrives almost exactly a year after Swift visited cancer wards in two hospitals last spring.
We send her and her family our thoughts and prayers.