Chance the Rapper announced he will be pushing back his tour to spend time with his wife, Kirsten Corley Bennett, and two daughters, Kensli, 4, and Marli, born last month.
His “Big Day” circuit to promote his new album of the same name was set to begin this month, with 35 dates and stops across the U.S. and Canada. But in an Instagram post on Sept. 9, he shared the news that his fans will now have to wait until January 2020 for the tour to kick off.
Chance wrote that 2019 has been “one of the greatest” years of his life. In March he and his wife got married, in August she gave birth to their second child, and in July his first-ever album, Big Day, was released, and the news of the corresponding tour was announced.
However, “with it  being so eventful it has also been very strenuous having to divide my time and energy between family and work,” he admitted. Preach.
“When Kensli was born, I went on tour two weeks later and missed some of the most important milestones in her life. But more importantly I was absent when her mother needed me the most,” he wrote. “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.”
The artist ended the post apologizing to his fans but also reminding them that he loves them.
Though Chance’s decision might be surprising to some, it shouldn’t feel out of the blue to his fans. His album is all about family and relationships, so it seems fitting for Chance to take a break for the inspiration behind the music.
In an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on September 17, Chance spoke more about the tour postponement, revealing that taking paternity leave was something both he and his wife had discussed. “It was a group decision. So yeah, [Kirsten] was thrilled when it went down that way.”
He also talked about one aspect of parenthood that unnecessarily gets a bad rap: diaper duty. He told Kimmel, “People make the diaper part seem so tough. I would much rather do diapers if I didn’t have to wake up in the middle of the night, to be honest with you.”
It’s so touching to see a famous father standing by his family and taking a break from his career—especially because he seems committed to doing his fair share at home. Not all parents are lucky enough to be able to take leave from work though; we would love to see Chance’s opportunity for paternity leave extended to every working family.