Taylor says she urged her mother to get screened for health issues as a Christmas present to her -- even though she was feeling fine and had no red flags. Now Andrea is asking her fans to urge their parents to attend to their health through screenings.
Taylor writes, "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… Or peace of mind in knowing that they’re healthy and there’s nothing to worry about."
She ends by saying, "Thank you for caring about my family so much that she would want me to share this information with you. I hope and pray that you never get news like this."
Taylor has not disclosed the type or severity of the cancer, preferring to keep the information private.
Andrea, who's been a fixture on Taylor's tours, will more than likely be sitting it out as she undergoes treatments. Taylor kicks off her 1989 world tour next month with two shows in Tokyo.
The SEC rivalry surfaced over morning coffee Wednesday when Jason Instagrammed a shot of his cup of joe in Brittany’s Alabama tumbler. He captioned, “Hurts my heart to have to drink out of this cup today. But it was the only coffee cup we had clean. The day can only get better from here. @brittanykerr I know you love seeing this. #GoDawgs #BooBama”
It didn't take Jason long to find his Georgia cup...in Brittany’s car. He posted, “Well, well, well … just got in @brittanykerr car and looky what I found. #Busted #ShesClosetGeorgiaFan #GoDawgs”
In a 2012 interview with the Charlotte Observer, Brittany said, "Growing up, I gained this love for football that was just unreal. I ended up visiting Alabama and completely fell in love with it. Everybody was completely gung-ho Crimson Tide, and I just wanted to be a part of it.”
This year's other inductees are Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Ringo Starr, Bill Withers, Lou Reed, Green Day and The "5" Royales.
While the Hall of Fame has been fairly open-minded in defining "rock and roll" to include singer-songwriters like Leonard Cohen and rappers like Run-DMC, country artists have not been shown much love. Brenda Lee is in, and Chet Atkins and Floyd Cramer are in as sidemen, but otherwise the recognition is limited to such early influences as Wanda Jackson, Jimmie Rodgers, Hank Williams and Bill Monroe.
Instead of her home state of Michigan, the bride-to-be has chosen to get married in Virginia, where Michael grew up. She says, “We’re getting married at a vineyard. It’ll be great – lots of wine. Wine is my best friend.”
The wedding will be a small affair -- just a few family and friends.
“I’m to Blame” is the lead single from Kip’s upcoming sophomore album.