Country singer Taylor Swift, who is known for her bond with her fans, shared sad family news Thursday. She revealed that her mother has been diagnosed with cancer.
The 25-year-old singer revealed the news on her official Tumblr account, saying that her mother Andrea Finlay, 57, wanted it to be made public. She however didn't disclose the severity of the cancer.
"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," she concluded.
Taylor Swift has a strong bond with to her parents, Scott Kingsley Swift and Andrea Finlay, and lives with them in the mansion she bought in Nashville, Tennessee, a few years ago.
Meanwhile, Taylor Swift fans and well-wishers have been offering prayers and support to her mother and family ever since she broke the news. Her tweet has been retweeted 34,000 times at the time of filing this report (precisely 5 hours after she tweeted) and #PrayForMamaSwift hashtag has been trending on Twitter.
Here are some of the messages from fans and well-wishers on Twitter:
"You, your mom and your family are in my prayers. Much love and God bless. I know she'll win the battle. @taylorswift13 #PrayForMamaSwift." - Lolo
"you've been here for us for so many years and now its our turn to be here for you. forever and always. #PrayForMamaSwift." - jade
"This is so sad Stay positive @taylorswift13, your mum is a strong woman and will win her battle. Swifties are here for u #PrayForMamaSwift." - Harold
"My heart goes with @taylorswift13 along with millions of fans who never give up on her." - Rojin P Joseph
"Praying for @taylorswift13 and her family. Reminds me to tell my mom as often how much I love her!" - Melody Thornton
"Not a fan. But I have respect. One direction fandom is here for Taylor, her mom and her fans." - niall's bitch alexis
"i hope your mom gets through it, & i wish the best for her and your whole family." - Shawn Mendes
"Cancer is a serious subject and I truly hope her mum wins the battle
The 1d fandom is praying for her, all the love." - Liam
"My mom had cancer too & I know how scary it can be.Hang in there, @taylorswift13.Your mom's got millions praying for her." - Ś@cß
"#PrayForMamaSwift You don't need to be a fan to include her in your prayers. You just need to be a human with a beating heart." - shar
Here is full text of Taylor Swift's letter to her fans on Tumblr:
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. 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.
For Christmas this year, I asked my mom that one of her gifts to me be her going to the doctor to get screened for any health issues, just to ease some worries of mine. She agreed, and went in to get checked. There were no red flags and she felt perfectly fine, but she did it just to get me and my brother off her case about it.
The results came in, and I'm saddened to tell you that my mom has been diagnosed with cancer. I'd like to keep the details of her condition and treatment plans private, but she wanted you to know.
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.
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.