Still fighting. Taylor Swift revealed that her mom, Andrea Swift, is battling cancer once again.
The “Delicate” singer, 29, opened up about her mother’s diagnosis — and admitted that her dad, Scott Swift, fought the disease as well — in an essay for Elle magazine, which was published on Wednesday, March 6.
“I’ve had to learn how to handle serious illness in my family. Both of my parents have had cancer, and my mom is now fighting her battle with it again,” Taylor explained. “It’s taught me that there are real problems and then there’s everything else. My mom’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.”
The former country artist first divulged that Andrea, 61, had cancer in April 2015. “This is something my family and I thought you should know about now,” she wrote on Tumblr at the time. “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 Grammy winner continued: “The results came in, and I’m saddened to tell you that my mom has been diagnosed with cancer … 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.”
Taylor’s younger brother, Austin Swift, who is now an actor, was away at college when his mom was diagnosed. The Cover Versions star, 26, posted an Instagram picture of himself and Andrea “exploring the country” in December 2015, less than a year after her diagnosis was revealed.
The “Look What You Made Me Do” songstress never gave the specifics of her mother’s diagnosis, but did get emotional before she played her song “Ronan,” which is about a young boy who died from the disease, at an Arizona concert in August 2015. “I’ve had cancer hit really close to me in my family,” she told the crowd. The late little boy’s family, including his mom, Maya Thompson, who documented her son’s battle on her blog, Rockstar Ronan, attended the event.
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