Justin Bieber has canceled the 14 remaining dates of his Purpose World Tour due to “unforeseen circumstances.”
The 23-year-old singer was due to perform a further 14 dates — including a string of shows in North America as well as gigs in Japan, Singapore, and the Philippines — to round off his extensive international tour, but the remaining shows have been canceled.
A statement published on the “Sorry” hitmaker’s website on Monday, July 24, 2017, reads: “Due to unforeseen circumstances, Justin Bieber will cancel the remainder of the Purpose World Tour concerts. Justin loves his fans and hates to disappoint them. 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 6 continents during this run. However, after careful consideration, he has decided he will not be performing any further dates. Tickets will be refunded at point of purchase.”
As of press time, it is unclear exactly why the singer has pulled out of his final shows.
Meanwhile, it was recently revealed that Bieber has been banned from performing in China after the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Culture deemed him too “controversial” due to his “bad behavior.”
The Bureau said in a statement: “Justin Bieber is a talented singer but is also a controversial young foreign idol. We understand that there are records of his bad behavior, whether it is in his private life abroad or on stage.
“His inappropriate manner has caused public discontent. In order to regulate the market order of show business in China and purify the market environment, it was decided that performers of inappropriate behavior will not be welcomed.”
And although the Bureau didn’t offer any examples of their claims, Bieber doesn’t appear to have been hit with a lifetime ban.
They added: “We hope Justin Bieber is able to improve his conduct as he grows up and will once again find public favor.”