Iggy Aza­lea needs a ‘men­tal break’ from tour­ing

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Hip-hop star Iggy Aza­lea, whose me­te­oric ca­reer rise has brought both a wide fan base and in­tense crit­i­cism, has said she can­celed her tour be­cause she needed a “men­tal break.”

The Aus­tralian rap­per, who had al­ready de­layed a widely an­tic­i­pated tour of ma­jor U.S. and Canadian are­nas, last week called it off en­tirely.

Aza­lea said she that wanted to “start to­tally anew” af­ter spend­ing some two years per­form­ing songs in­clud­ing her hit “Fancy.”

“Men­tally, to be hon­est with you, I just feel I de­serve a break,” she told Seven­teen mag­a­zine in an in­ter­view pub­lished late Mon­day.

“There are peo­ple think­ing it’s me giv­ing up, or me fail­ing at some­thing, some­how,” she said.

“I said to a friend the other day, ‘The only rea­son why at this point I would stay and do this tour is to save face pub­licly, or to not en­dure pub­licly what peo­ple will say if I cancel it,’ and that’s not a good enough rea­son to do some­thing,” she said.

Amid ques­tion marks on her ca­reer, she is mov­ing for­ward in an­other di­rec­tion in her life — mar­riage.

She posted pic­tures on Instagram on Tues­day of an en­gage­ment ring on her fin­ger as she kissed long­time boyfriend Nick Young, who plays for the Los An­ge­les Lak­ers bas­ket­ball team.

Karen Civil, a prom­i­nent hip-hop jour­nal­ist, posted a video of Young pop­ping the ques­tion at his 30th birth­day party Mon­day night.

Aza­lea, who turns 25 on Sun­day, scored a break­through com­mer­cial suc­cess last year with her de­but al­bum “The New Clas­sic,” mak­ing her a rare white woman to find main­stream suc­cess in hip-hop.

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