Chance the Rapper postpones tour to spend time with family

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CHICAGO – After ushering in his debut album and welcoming a new baby, daughter Marli, Chance the Rapper has postponed his upcoming arena tour to spend more time with his family.

Breaking the news to fans on Instagram Monday afternoon, the rapper -- who made a guest star appearance at Kanye West's Sunday Service at Northerly Island -- wrote, "This year has been one of the greatest of my life; Marriage, new baby, first album etc. But with it being so eventful it has also been very strenuous having to divide my time and energy between family and work."

The Grammy winner continued, explaining that after older daughter Kensli was born in 2015, he went on tour and missed important milestones in her life. " ... but more importantly," Chance wrote, "I was absent when her mother needed me the most.

"At this point as a husband and father of two I realize that I can't make that mistake again. I need to be as helpful and available as possible to my wife in these early months of raising Kensli and Marli. I apologize because I know how many people were counting on seeing me soon," he added, "but I hope you'll understand and forgive me in time."

Chance married his longtime girlfriend Kirsten Corley in a civil ceremony in Chicago in 2018, but the pair made it official in March with a star-studded event in California. The couple shared the news they were expecting Baby No. 2 weeks later.

The tour supporting the artist's latest "The Big Day" (released in July), set to kick off in San Francisco on Saturday, will commence Jan. 15, 2020. Information regarding refunds can be found at www.chanceraps.com, where tickets for future dates are still available for purchase.


Not all fans are out of luck, however. The rapper confirmed his Sept. 28 Chicago concert at United Center is still on, as are his appearances at Life is Beautiful festival in Vegas, iHeart Music Fest and Miami Beach Pop Fest. United Center confirmed, however, that his second night at the venue (Sept. 29) has been rescheduled.

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