Taylor Swift's Mother Diagnosed with Cancer

by Jackie Willis 10:40 AM PDT, April 09, 2015
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Taylor Swift decided it was time to share some very personal news with her fans on Thursday morning.

The 25-year-old singer disclosed on her Tumblr that her mother, Andrea Finlay, has been diagnosed with cancer. Swift writes that she asked her mom to get "screened for any health issues" as a gift this past Christmas.

"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," she explains, before quickly adding, "The results came in, and I’m saddened to tell you that my mom has been diagnosed with cancer."

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Swift says it was her mother who wanted to be forthright with her cancer in an effort to encourage others to get screened.

"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 writes. "Or peace of mind in knowing that they’re healthy and there’s nothing to worry about. She wanted you to know why she may not be at as many shows this tour. She’s got an important battle to fight."

Celebrating this Mother's Day, reflecting back on past matching velvet holiday ensembles.

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The "Style" singer tells her fans that it's "important" for her to share big events in her life. "Usually when things happen to me, I process them and then write music about how I feel, and you hear it much later," she says. "This is something my family and I thought you should know about now."

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She ends her message by expressing her gratitude. "Thank you for caring about my family so much that she would want me to share this information with you," Swift writes. "I hope and pray that you never get news like this. Love you. Taylor."

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Swift is very close with her family and especially her mother. In 2008, she wrote a song for her mom titled "Best Day."

"I hear your laugh/ And look up smiling at you," the lyrics read. "I run and run/ Past the pumpkin patch/And the tractor rides/ Look now, the sky is gold/ I hug your legs/ And fall asleep on the way home."

Swift was just home for Easter and shared videos of her and brother Austin competing in an egg hunt staged by her parents. She Instagrammed: "When your parents arrange a competitive sibling Easter egg hunt, failing to take into account that their children are Ross and Monica."