Legendary hit maker James Taylor announced the cancellation of the Manila leg of his Asian tour. The news sent fans wondering why the abrupt cancellation took place. The 68-year-old singer took to social media to reveal the real reason behind such move.
Apparently, Taylor was a former drug addict. And with the current political situation in Manila, he found it was important “to make a stand” regarding this sensitive issue.
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James Taylor penned a heartfelt post on Facebook and Twitter. He first apologized why he had to cancel his concert in Manila. The concert was originally slated for February next year. But he had to withdraw his plans after taking a stand regarding how the current Philippine government is handling the current “war on drugs.” With President Rodrigo Duterte at the helm, many people have expressed mixed views toward the manner the president-elect and his staff are dealing with the ongoing crisis.
In fact, music website Bandwagon Asia published a report, saying how James Taylor was a “full-blown heroin addict” during his teenage years. He was even sent to seek psychiatric care. And he has always opened up about his struggles during his prime.
— James Taylor (@JamesTaylor_com) December 21, 2016
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In June 2016, The Telegraph featured an interview with Taylor and how he openly spoke up about his own personal struggles.
“A big part of my story is recovery from addiction. One thing that addiction does is, it freezes you. You don’t develop, you don’t learn the skills by trial and error of having experiences and learning from them, and finding out what it is you want, and how to go about getting it, by relating with other people,” Taylor said.
He then went on to say how people under the influence “short-circuit stuff” because they want to feel good “over and over again.” However, he decided to put a halt to it all when he was 36 And he poignantly shared how he grew older but knew he was still the same person.
Taylor offered his apologies to all his Filipino fans. Despite the current situation, full refunds will be made and his previously announced shows in Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand, and Australia are still set to happen.
— Bloomberg (@business) December 21, 2016