Pop singer Justin Bieber cancelled the remainder of his Purpose world tour due to unspecified “unforeseen circumstances”, his tour publicist said in a statement on Monday (July 24).
The cancellation will affect 14 dates in North America and Asia through Oct 10, and tickets will be refunded.
This includes the tour’s Singapore stop on Oct 7. Tickets for the National Stadium gig, which went on sale last Saturday (July 22), were priced at $298, $258 and $228 (standing) and $258, $228, $188, $148 (seated).
“Justin loves his fans and hates to disappoint them,” the statement said. “He is grateful and honoured to have shared that experience with his cast and crew for over 150 successful shows across six continents during this run. However, after careful consideration, he has decided he will not be performing any further dates.”
No further details were given and Bieber, 23, did not make any statements on his social media platforms.
Celebrity news website TMZ.com cited a source as saying Bieber had decided to cancel because he was “just over it”.
The singer was photographed at the weekend out hiking near Los Angeles with a young woman and appeared to be in good shape.
The Canadian singer kicked off the tour in support of his Purpose album in March 2016 and has performed more than 150 shows across Europe, Africa, South America, Australia and parts of Asia.
The cancellation comes a few days after the singer was banned from performing in China due to bad behaviour, Beijing’s Municipal Bureau of Culture said.
The state office added that the singer needed to improve his conduct to become a singer “truly loved” by the public, without specifying what behaviour had caused offense.
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Bieber has had run-ins with the law in several countries and has become notorious for a string of indiscretions and scandals in recent years. He also shed the clean-cut image that made him a heart-throb among his fan base when he broke into the music scene as a teen pop singer.
Upon hearing this news, fan reacted with a spectrum of emotions. Understandably, many felt betrayed and angry that the concert that they have been waiting for all year and paid good money for has been cancelled because the singer was “over it”
I'm seriously so angry.. he owes me my $180 back and my sister a birthday present😞😠😡 @justinbieber
— a milli (@emilyymartin2) July 24, 2017
He could have finished the tour! If not than don't do such a long damn tour! Hope his reason is a good one he has A LOT of disappointed fans
— Charlene Salomon (@char_salo610) July 24, 2017
I'm just disappointed. I've been a belieber for 9 yrs. And I was going to see him in 5 days, for the first time.
— Dubstep_sis (@carlalatexcana) July 24, 2017
Me after finding out Justin Bieber cancelled his Purpose World Tour pic.twitter.com/7HBpdGYNLA
— Shayla ✨ (@fabshayy) July 24, 2017
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Perhaps the thing that was tough to swallow was that no official statement or reason has been quoted by the representatives of Justin Bieber. Hence, many would think that this is another diva move by the international superstar, who simply could not be professional enough to finish the tour he started. This was clearly amplified by the fans disappointment to not be able to see their favourite artist perform live.
Fortunately, amongst all the hate, it is encouraging to note that many of his fans were more understanding and felt that Justin truly needed a break seeing as this was such an extensive tour.
150 shows. 18 months. He DESERVES a break dont ANYBODY tell me otherwise🗣🗣 #PurposeTour #WeRespectYourDecisionJustin
— amelia (@kidrauhlgetme) July 24, 2017
Justin Bieber has been doing Purpose Tour for nearly 2 years and has done over 150 shows he deserves a break guys his health comes first
— chloe (@bieberdepth) July 24, 2017
Even fellow musician, John Mayer stepped up the soapbox to defend Justin for his sudden cancellation that has turned Twitter into a war zone.
When someone pulls remaining dates of a tour, it means they would have done real damage to themselves if they kept going. 1/2
— John Mayer (@JohnMayer) July 24, 2017
We've lost so many great artists lately. I give Justin 👍🏼👍🏼 for realizing it was time to call it. You should too. 2/2
— John Mayer (@JohnMayer) July 24, 2017
As a successful artist himself, he probably understood the plight that Justin might be going through at this point of his career and provided a voice of reason in a sea of mindless anger and shock. Singaporean fans will be saddened and disappointed with this news, without a doubt. But it is important to note that Justin is still very young and being “over it” could most likely be a rebellious way of saying he needs some time for himself. And that is something that everyone is entitled to, regardless your profession.
It is just unfortunate that this personal decision for the singer would impact so many people around the world. However, if Chester Bennington‘s death has taught us something, is that you never know what is going on under the veneer of success until it is too late. So, let’s grab our refunds, withhold our judgement on this young singer and hope that he will get over this rather than be over it.
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From: Straits Times
With additional reporting by Hanan Haddad