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Earl Sweatshirt Cancels European Tour Citing Battles With Depression And Anxiety

Fans speculate the rapper's anxiety and depression stems from his father's passing.

Earl Sweatshirt abruptly canceled his upcoming European tour to deal with mental health issues. 

Hours before he was scheduled to perform at Field Day in London on Saturday, June 2, reps from his camp released a statement informing adoring fans that he will not be able to perform:

"Earl is battling anxiety and depression which has been compounded by the grief from the recent passing of his father," a statement to Pitchfork read. "He thought he would be ready to perform but simply is not yet able to. He would like to apologize to his fans and promises to be back as soon as he is able to."

Field Day was not the only performance he had scheduled for the weekend. On Sunday, he was supposed to perform at the Forbidden Fruit Festival in Dublin, Ireland. And next week, he was due to perform at the Parklife Festival in Manchester, England, this upcoming weekend.  

There is speculation that Sweatshirt, whose real name is Thebe Kgositsile, is still reeling from the death of his father, poet Keorapetse Kgositsile, who died in January.

In the past, the 24-year-old "Hat Trick" artist has been vocal about his mental health telling fans in 2014 he had to cancel tour dates due to a "lack of self-maintenance."

"I had to press eject on the tour," he wrote in a 2014 tweet. "I am physically and mentally at the end of my rope. I weigh a fraction of what I'm supposed to and without synergy between the body and mind there is nothing."

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