UPDATE AUG. 11, 2023 8:48 PM EST: Amid Katharine McPhee and David Foster‘s announcement that their family had suffered a sudden “tragedy” on Aug. 11, TMZ reported the devastating loss of their nanny. A “source” close to the songstress told the outlet that her son’s nanny had reportedly “passed away.” The unnamed nanny reportedly looked after their son, Rennie, 2, and considered her to be “family.” The outlet noted that the circumstances surrounding the caretaker’s passing remain unknown, however, Katharine is on her way back to the U.S.
ORIGINAL STORY: Katharine McPhee and David Foster shared that they’d suffered a tragedy in their family in an Instagram post on Friday, Aug. 11. Katharine, 39, shared that she would need to pull out of the last two Asian tour dates to address the tragedy. The “Over It” singer didn’t reveal what the family tragedy was just that she and David, 73, knew someone needed to return home.
With the last two shows taking place at the Sentul International Convention Centre, Katharine addressed her message to the local fans. “Dearest Jakarta fans, It’s with heavy heart I announce I have to miss our final 2 shows of our Asia run,” she wrote. “David and I have had a horrible tragedy in our family and at least one of us needs to get back home to our family.”
The American Idol alum concluded the statement with a heartfelt apology to the fans who wouldn’t be able to see her perform. “Please know how sorry I am and how much I wish to return one day and perform for you all. Love, Katharine,” she wrote.
Following the sad news, many fans and friends sent love to the couple, including Linda Thompson, who wrote, “Sending you and David love, & hoping that everything is OK.” Amanda Kloots also left a kind comment. “Sending you loads of love. I’m thinking of you guys,” she said.
Katharine and David have been playing shows together for a very long time, and after the pair of Jakarta dates, the tour is expected to pick back up in November and continue through May 2024. The shows consist of the pair performing tons of hits from a variety of artists, including some of their own respective songs, according to Setlist.fm. The couple also released a holiday album called Christmas Songs in 2022.
The musical couple have been married since 2019, and they have a two-year-old son Rennie David, who was born in February 2021. The pair revealed that their son has clearly inherited their knack for music, when David posted a video of him drumming back in June.