Kanye West was worn out by 'rigors of tour every night': source
This article originally appeared on PEOPLE.com.
After a string of concerts interrupted by rants, walk-offs and no-shows, Kanye West has officially canceled all remaining dates of his Saint Pablo Tour.
A representative for the rapper has confirmed that remaining tickets “will be fully refunded at point of purchase.” The news follows the cancellation of his Sunday show due take place at the Los Angeles Forum mere hours before it was scheduled to begin.
While rumors swirl about the state of his mental health, a source close to West deny that he’s in the midst of any sort of breakdown.
“It’s nothing like that,” the source tells PEOPLE. “He’s just exhausted. He’s been working around the clock on fashion design, both on his own line and the Adidas line. He’s a notorious workaholic, so balancing both that work – which is extremely important to him – and the rigors of the tour every night, it really wore him out.”
West is also dealing with the stress of wife Kim Kardashian West‘s traumatic armed robbery that took place in Paris in early October. He received word of the emergency just moments before taking the stage at the Meadows Festival in New York City.
“I’m sure Kim and his family played a part in the decision [to cancel the tour],” the source ads. “He’’s incredibly devoted to his family.”
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“This Saint Pablo tour is the most relevant [thing] happening,” he said. “If your old ass keeps following old models, you’ll be Hillary Clinton.”
Toward the end of his diatribe, he talked about how he was not “scared” and “here to change things.” And in a dramatic ending to his show, West told the media to “prepare.”
Reporting by JANINE RUBENSTEIN