Justin Bieber banned in China; cancels rest of tour

Justin Bieber banned in China; cancels rest of tour

Justin Bieber abruptly cancelled the remainder of a world tour, citing “unforeseen circumstances”.

The 23-year-old Canadian superstar – who in recent years has been known for off-stage antics than for his music – had been due to resume his Purpose tour on July 27 with 15 shows across North America and Asia.

“Due to unforeseen circumstances, Justin Bieber will cancel the remainder of the Purpose World Tour concerts,” a statement from his management said.

“Justin loves his fans and hates to disappoint them,” it said, adding that he made the decision after “careful consideration” and would refund tickets.

Bieber’s team gave no further details. Bieber is a fixture of tabloids who has frequently faced legal trouble over incidents including racing a car through Miami, Florida in the US and throwing eggs at a neighbour’s house.

But his career had gone back on track with the spectacular success of his album Purpose in late 2015 that generated a stream of hits including Sorry.

He appears on a remix of Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi’s viral crossover song Despacito, which has broken a record for streams across all formats and as of July 24, has spent 11 weeks atop the Billboard singles chart.

Bieber had been due to play his latest round of shows in the US and Canada before an Asia swing that would take him to Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines and Singapore.

China recently announced that Bieber was unwelcome in the mainland due to his “bad behaviour”, a likely reference to the star’s surprise visit in 2014 in Tokyo, Japan to the Yasukuni shrine that honours war dead including convicted war criminals.

Bieber has already played more than 150 shows on the tour across the Americas and Europe as well as in Australia, India, Israel, New Zealand, South Africa and the United Arab Emirates. – AFP Relaxnews

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