Justin Bieber has been touring the globe for nearly two years on his Purpose World Tour. However, he recently canceled the remaining 14 tour dates because his new purpose in life is getting some much-needed rest. Regarding the reason behind the change of plans, Bieber revealed he wanted to take some personal time off and collect his bearings. In a statement, the 23-year-old pop singer explained,
I'm sorry for anybody who feels disappointed or betrayed. ... I have been on tour for two years. I'm looking forward to just resting [and] getting some relaxation, and we're going to ride some bikes.
Justin Bieber gave the explanation to TMZ, which corresponded with a written statement Bieber's management posted to his website to offer more information about why the concert dates got slashed and what Bieber plans to do next. The written statement indicated that ticket holders could receive refunds for their purchases. The statement read,
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.
Justin Bieber's manager, Scooter Braun, also chimed in on the cancellation of the remaining concerts. Braun hopped on Instagram to post a statement of gratitude for everybody who helped with the tour, including Bieber himself. Braun gave the cast and crew a pat on the back for working hard on the show, which took the Canadian pop star and his team to six continents. Braun suggested that Bieber's personal wellness was at stake, so the cancellation of the last dozen shows should help him. Braun wrote,
And to those that won't be able to see it, on behalf of myself, Justin, and the team, we are sorry. That was never our intent. But a man's soul and well-being I truly care about came first and we must all respect and honor that.
Scooter Braun emphasized that the closing of this chapter in Justin Bieber's life marks the beginning of a new one. He promised Bieber's fans that they would see more of him in the future.
Justin Bieber's Purpose World Tour began in March 2016. Bieber performed a whopping 150 shows. Pollstar said the tour grossed $163.3 million in 2016 and $93.2 million in 2017. If Bieber had not canceled the rest of the concert tour, he would have had obligations for three more months in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, and the United States.
From the sounds of it, Justin Bieber was mentally and physically exhausted from traveling for 18 months. Hopefully, the break from touring will help him rejuvenate. Perhaps he can spend more time on philanthropic works like when he visited the kids at the Children's Hospital of Orange County in California last week. Having more interactions like the ones he had at the hospital might reinvigorate him with a renewed sense of, well, purpose.