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HARDY, who is currently headlining his the mockingbird & THE CROW Fall Tour, opened up about his mental health struggles in a post made to Instagram Tuesday (Oct. 3). The singer wrote, “I’ve been dealing with some serious anxiety issues since the bus accident last year, and the last two weeks, it has taken control of my life. It caused me to suffer many panic attacks which have landed me in the hospital.”
The 33-year-old added that he needs to take some time to take care of himself, and will be rescheduling the next three concerts on his schedule. The concerts affected include the mockingbird & THE CROW Fall Tour stops in Simpsonville, South Carolina, and Brandon, Mississippi, that were slated for October 5 and 7, respectively. His October 6 concert at the Georgia Rodeo has been postponed until April 2024.
All of the bus passengers were treated for significant injuries, with the bus driver suffering the most serious injuries. HARDY’s friend and photographer, Tanner Gallagher, shared more details of the frightening crash, saying that the bus was traveling 70 mph when it left the highway.
“Within what felt like 3 seconds, our bodies were thrown across the room knocking us all unconscious. By the grace of God, we all survived,” Gallagher wrote. “My injuries included a shattered foot, a punctured lung, 4 broken ribs, and a fractured vertebrae in my neck.”
He added that doctors told him that it was a miracle all four men survived, and shared how the accident caused him to reflect.
“I was told numerous times by doctors that it was a miracle that we survived… and that’ll make you think. I think about the times that [I’ve] spent worrying, stressed, upset, been less present or simply took for granted, and it kills me. I think about all the people in my life, family, friends, co workers, etc. and wished that I could have spent more time with them or somehow made them feel better in moments with something as simple and little as a compliment,” Tanner said.
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“I’ve been proud of a lot of things that I’ve done in Nashville, but I can honestly say of all the songs I’ve written, all the projects and videos I’ve been a part of, that this music video is what I am most proud of,” HARDY said in his acceptance speech. “It’s the thing that I’m hanging my hat on right now in Nashville. So, thank y’all for voting for this.”