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Taylor Swift's Mom Has a Brain Tumor

Swift makes the revelation in new interview with 'Variety'
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 21, 2020 6:05 PM CST
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This combination photo shows Taylor Swift at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles on Nov. 24, 2019, left, and Swift's mother Andrea Finlay at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Arlington, Texas on April 19, 2015.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – Taylor Swift's mother was diagnosed with cancer in 2015, and relapsed last year. In a new interview with Variety, Swift reveals another piece of bad news: While mom Andrea was in treatment for her most recent bout with the disease, "they found a brain tumor. 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." Her mom's health is one of the reasons Swift decided to limit touring for her latest album, Lover. "We don’t know what is going to happen," Swift says. "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."

"Everyone loves their mom; everyone’s got an important mom," Swift says. "But for me, she’s really the guiding force. Almost every decision I make, I talk to her about it first. So obviously it was a really big deal to ever speak about her illness." Her mom's health is mentioned a bit in the new Netflix-produced documentary Taylor Swift: Miss Americana, which the Variety piece is focused on. It premieres at Sundance Thursday and on Netflix Jan. 31. Read the full piece here. (Read more Taylor Swift stories.)

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