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Chance the Rapper Postpones Major Tour to Take Paternity Leave & We're Here For It

Chance the Rapper is delaying his hotly anticipated upcoming tour to stay at home with his brand-new baby Marli, daughter Kensli (born in 2015), and wife Kirsten Corley. He’s one of the lucky few dads who can make that choice — did you know 85 percent of dads (according to Dove Men+Care and Promundo) say they would do anything to be at home with their new babies?

Chance explained his own reasons for postponing the tour on Instagram:

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I thought it over for the past week and I’ve decided to push back my tour. 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. When Kensli was born, I went on tour 2 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. 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, but I hope you’ll understand and forgive me in time. Tour kicks off Jan. 15th and you can still get tix or your refund if you are unavailable at chanceraps.com & a few of the shows are still being rescheduled as well so stay tuned. I love you guys AND LITERALLY CANT WAIT FOR U TO WITNESS THIS SHOW 🙏🏾🙏🏾 SIDENOTE: 9/28 CHICAGO AT UNITED CENTER IS STILL ON AS WELL AS “LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL FEST” “IHEART MUSIC FEST” & “MIAMI BEACH POP FEST”! ❤️

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“I thought it over for the past week and I’ve decided to push back my tour. 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. When Kensli was born, I went on tour 2 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. 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,” he wrote.

Chance then apologized to his fans, explaining that the tour would kick off in January instead, and refunds are available for those who can’t make the later dates.

We need more papas who are taking paternity leave and talking about it — like Reddit’s Alexis Ohanian (better known as Serena Williams’ hubby) and, oh, a lot of dudes over in Sweden. After all, this should be the norm, not the exception. And we’re betting Michelle Obama has your back, Chance.

 

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