News: Drake Forced To Make "Difficult" Decision Due To Mother's Health
Thursday, Jul 1, 2010 4:23PM
Young Money rapper Drake has released a statement today announcing the postponement of his current Away From Home tour due to his mother's health condition.
In the statement, Drake apologized to his fans but promised to resume the tour later.
"Despite my best hopes, it is apparent that my mother will need surgery earlier than anticipated. In light of this news, I have made the difficult decision to cancel my European tour in order to support her during her recovery, just as she supported me through the years. I cannot thank my European fans enough and look forward to performing abroad soon. I ask everyone to please respect my family's privacy during this time." (Statement)
Writing on his Twitter page yesterday, Drake told fans his mother would be going through a challenge this week.
"Back at my moms house...please include her in your prayers tonight as tmrw she faces a true challenge."
"Be what you are. That's the first step toward becoming better than you are." - Mama Graham" (Drake's Twitter)
In his Better Than Good Enough documentary, Drake speaks on his mother's health concerns.
Drake's mother Sandi Graham is sick, and she is his biggest fan. Drake has always had a close relationship with his mother and even took her as his date to the 2010 Grammys. Drake, born Aubrey Graham, revealed in his MTV documentary, Better Than Good Enough, that his mother suffers from a mystery illness, and he's afraid to lose her to the disease. Drake said he doesn't know what he would do without his biggest supporter. "My mom is sick. So that scares me a lot. She's been the most supportive person I've ever had in my life - the only person that loves me unconditionally, really. I know a lot of people love me and I love a lot of people. But to love somebody unconditionally is different." (Dime Wars)
Earlier this year, Drake talked about his mother supporting "Best I Ever Had."
"That song is a real honest song. It connected with a lot of women -- my moms likes it. For it to be Grammy-nominated is an honor, man. It's always good when the words in your music are something that you live by and you get to hear it every day on the radio and you're not ashamed of it. It's all moments I need to cherish and observe." (MTV)
The European dates are reportedly being rescheduled for November. His Canadian tour, which begins on July 16, remains on schedule.
Check out some recent Drake footage down below: