Brave Taylor shares the emotional news that her mother Andrea, 57, has been diagnosed with cancer Taylor Swift‘s mother has been diagnosed with cancer. The singer made the announcement via her Tumblr page, having asked her 57-year-old mum Andrea to go to a doctor for checks just to ‘ease some of her worries’. ‘I’m saddened to tell you that my mom has been diagnosed with cancer,’ Taylor, 25, writes. ‘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. ‘She wanted you to know why she may not be at as many shows this tour. She’s got an important battle to fight.’
The singer explained that the reason her mother got a test in the first place was as a Christmas present to her daughter. ‘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,’ Taylor explains. ‘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.’ Taylor also explains that she decided to tell her fans her feelings and emotional experience via Tumblr rather than through her usual method of song because ‘this is something my family and I thought you should know about now.’
Swift has a loving relationship with Andrea, once saying: ‘She’s always been the friend that was always there. There were times when, in middle school and junior high, that I didn’t have a lot of friends. But my mom was always my friend.’
The blonde beauty’s song “The Best Day”, which appears on her second studio album ‘Fearless’, is about her close relationship with Andrea. It was reported last year that Taylor’s mother has separated from her father Scott and were living seperate, but keeping the split private to protect their daughter’s career.