Late last month, the Australian rapper shocked her fans when she canceled her Great Escape tour, which was scheduled to kick off Sept. 18 in San Diego, Calif. Prior to the entire tour cancellation, the tour had already been delayed once, when Iggy bumped back tour dates in March.
"Mentally, to be honest with you, I just feel I deserve a break," she says candidly. "I've been going non-stop for the past two years, nearly every single day. ... It's very emotionally draining to be on all the time and going all the time, planning all the time. It's a lot, and it's tough. I need a break from everything to just enjoy what I worked so hard for, and I don't really feel like I've had a chance to do that."
Most of all, she explains that she also had a "different creative change of heart" when it comes to how she wants her upcoming sound and visuals to be. From the looks of it, we're about to see the reinvention of Iggy Azalea.
"I want to start totally anew, and if I stayed on my tour, that would mean I wouldn't even be able to start working on that until after Christmas," she shares. "It can kind of wear on you, too, when you've been doing the same material for a really long time. Even though a lot of people just discovered it, I am a musician and a creative person and I want to be able to perform new stuff and do new things. I feel like I'm at the end of an era now."
Despite the tour cancellation and the mental exhaustion, Iggy stresses that she's actually not in "a bad place" right now.
"I think sometimes when you say you need a mental break, people are like, 'A mental break? Be sure you don't have a breakdown because you're sad.' No, not necessarily," she says.