Taylor Swift Talks About Mom’s Battle With Breast Cancer and Brain Tumor

Jill O'Rourke
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The Voice mega mentor and our favorite singer Taylor Swift revealed some upsetting news about her mother Andrea Swift. Taylor already shared a few years ago that her mother was battling cancer. Now she’s sharing in a new interview that doctors have discovered a brain tumor.

Taylor revealed the news in an interview with Variety to promote her upcoming Netflix documentary film Miss Americana, out January 31. Read on to see what the former Voice mentor had to say about this difficult time.

Taylor Swift Reveals Mom’s Brain Tumor

Taylor said she’s limiting her concert appearances this year, partly due to “everything that’s going on at home.” She added, “We don’t know what treatment we’re going to choose. It just was the decision to make at the time, for right now, for what’s going on.”


The singer called her mom her “guiding force,” saying she talks to her before making all her decisions. Andrea’s cancer apparently returned for a second time during filming of Miss Americana.

“While she was going through treatment, they found a brain tumor,” Taylor explained. “And the symptoms of what a person goes through when they have a brain tumor is nothing like what we’ve ever been through with her cancer before. So it’s just been a really hard time for us as a family.”

How Taylor Has Supported Her Mom During Her Illness

In 2015, Taylor told her fans that Andrea had cancer, and asked them to encourage their own parents to look after their health. “She wanted you to know why she may not be at as many shows this tour,” Taylor wrote. “She’s got an important battle to fight.”


Last year, Taylor paid tribute to Andrea in a new song called “Soon You’ll Get Better,” on her album Lover. “And I hate to make this all about me,” Taylor sings on the track. “But who am I supposed to talk to? / What am I supposed to do / If there’s no you?”

Yeah we’re not crying, you’re crying for Taylor Swift’s mom.

We wish all the best to Andrea, Taylor, and the rest of the Swift family at this difficult time.

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Jill O’Rourke is a contributor at Talent Recap, writing news stories and recaps for shows like ‘AGT,’ ‘The Voice,’ and ‘American Idol.’ She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English and Film Studies, and has been writing about pop culture since 2012, with previous bylines at Crushable and A Plus. Jill spends her free time binge-watching sitcoms and daydreaming about life as a hobbit