With more than a dozen shows left to perform around the world, Justin Bieber has suddenly canceled the rest of his worldwide tour due to “unforeseen circumstances.” The news was shared via a press release, in which he apologized to his fans and thanked them for supporting him on tour for the past 18 months. “He is grateful and honored to have shared that experience with his cast and crew for over 150 successful shows across six continents during this run,” the statement read. “Tickets will be refunded at point of purchase.” It was announced late last week that Bieber had been banned from performing in mainland China due to his “bad behavior.”
Bieber had at least 12 concerts left on his schedule, including an Aug. 5 performance at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, which he had given out tickets to an entire audience of The Ellen DeGeneres Show for.
According to a tour source Bieber is currently “exhausted.”
The source says. “He needed a break and as much as he didn’t want to disappoint his fans, the best decision for him was to cancel the remaining tour dates.”
A second source tells Bieber very much had his fans in mind while making the decision
“The tour was just really long and he was exhausted,” the source notes. “He doesn’t want to let his fans down but they have always had his back.”
“Justin loves his fans and hates to disappoint them,” the statement read. “He thanks his fans for the incredible experience of the Purpose world tour over last 18 months. He is grateful and honored 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.”
The Purpose tour kicked off on March 9, 2016 in Seattle. His last show was in London, England on July 2.
Bieber is the fourth major artist in the past year to abruptly cancel the remainder of a global music tour. Last August, Selena Gomez canceled the European and Canadian legs of her Revival world tour after suffering from anxiety and depression. “I want to be proactive and focus on maintaining my health and happiness and have decided that the best way forward is to take some time off,” she wrote in a statement to People. In November, Kanye West dropped out of his Saint Pablo tour even though he had 21 shows to go, and was later hospitalized for physical and mental exhaustion. At the beginning of July, Adele canceled her last two shows at Wembley Stadium in London because of medical problems with her vocal chords and wrote an emotional message to fans on Twitter apologizing for letting them down. “To say I’m heart broken would be a complete understatement,” she wrote.