Thursday, April 18, 2024

No More Justice for Justin Bieber: Pop Star Once Again Cancels World Tour Dates Citing Illness


Justin Bieber has once again cancelled tour dates. This time, it’s everything remaining on his world tour through 2023.

In the spring, Bieber announced he had Ramsay Hunt Syndrome, a kind of palsy that partially paralyzed his face. He cancelled all immediate dates. But then in July he resumed touring, played six shows, and Rock in Rio.

And that was it.

On Instagram, he wrote: “Earlier this year, I went public with my battle with Ramsay-Hunt Syndrome, where my face was partially paralyzed. As a result of this illness, I was not able to complete the North American leg of the Justice Tour.” But after Rock in Rio, he says: “the exhaustion overtook me and I realized that I need to make my health the priority right now. So I’m going to take a break from touring for the time being. I’m going to be OK, but I need time to rest and get better.”

Bieber, 28, is no stranger to cancelled tours. He’s done it a few times. He walked out on his last big tour, citing mental exhaustion.

No one begrudges Bieber his health, mental or physical. But each time this happens it becomes harder to get insurance for him. Insurance companies aren’t happy to keep picking up the tab for cancelled world wide tours. Promoters aren’t crazy about filling the dates. Maybe in the future, Bieber — if he wants to perform live — will scale back to mid sized theaters where he’s less taxed on stage.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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