The newly-engaged rapper opens up about nixing plans for her "Great Escape" tour

By Mary Margaret
Updated June 02, 2015 02:45 PM
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Iggy Azalea is stopping the rumor mill before it can start.

The newly engaged rapper announced the cancellation of her “Great Escape” tour last Friday and opened up this week about the reasons behind the surprise move.

“I’ve had a different creative change of heart. 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 told Seventeen.

“On top of that, mentally, to be honest with you, I just feel I deserve a break. I’ve been going non-stop for the past two years, nearly every single day.”

Azalea, who accepted boyfriend Nick Young‘s sweet proposal Monday night, underlined that the decision came from a positive, forward-thinking perspective. (She will still be performing this summer at Pittsburgh Pride, Ottawa Bluesfest, Quebec Summer Festival and the Washington State Fair.)

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“I’m not in a bad place,” she continued. “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. 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. I need a break to figure out what I want my sound to progress to, and I need a break to figure out how I want my visuals to progress.”

She added that she felt like she is “at the end of an era” and was ready to move on and “perform new stuff and do new things.”

Now she can add wedding planning to that to-do list!