Summer Walker Cancels 20 Tour Dates Due To Social Anxiety
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Summer Walker has cancelled two dozen of her U.S. tour dates, saying that she is struggling to manage her social anxiety while on the road.

The move comes after fans criticized the R&B singer for not hugging them during meet and greets.

The “Girls Need Love” singer took to Instagram Tuesday to speak directly to her fans about the decision.

“I’m not going to be able to finish this tour because it doesn’t really coexist with my social anxiety and my introverted personality,” she said in a video. “I’m a person, I have feelings. I get tired, I get sad and it’s just a lot.”

She added: “I want to give you all what I can, so I’m going to keep making music and I might do a few shows, but I can’t finish.”

The cancellations mean that Walker will only play nine out of the original 29 dates. The final dates include bigger cities such as Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, New York City and Atlanta.

Walker has been open about her struggles with social anxiety, but it seems fans still expect more from the singer. Following a recent meet-and-greet, one of the singer’s fans took to social media to call the experience of meeting Walker “anticlimactic and disappointing.”

“Not only did she move the meet and greet last minute to after the show, the meet and greet itself was literally 5 seconds,” the fan wrote. “I knew she was an introvert and kind of closed off but there was no effort in this at all, whatsoever.”

The singer responded, explaining she won’t hug fans during meet-and-greets because “I’m an empath, and that transference of energy from that many people each day would literally KILL me.”

Just last month, Walker told Billboard that performing “gives me so much anxiety,” adding, “I would be more at peace if I could just record music and slide it under the door.”

Walker has said that her current tour will be her last, writing on Instagram, “I’m just a regular person, nothing more. 


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