Justin Bieber has canceled his upcoming Australia and New Zealand tour.
Frontier Touring announced the news on social media this morning: “Frontier Touring regrets to announce that @justinbieber’s Justice Tour of Australia and New Zealand has been cancelled. All tickets purchased through official points of sale will be refunded directly by the show box office.
No official reason for the cancellation was provided, and fans were understandably disappointed by the comments. “I knew he would cancel, he doesn’t want anything anymore, he sold his catalog, he wants to retire from music,” one person said. “Disappointing after 15 months of waiting,” wrote another.
Cancellation, however, was coming. Bieber has confirmed the postponement of the Australian and New Zealand leg of his world tour to late last year, following the cancellation of his tour dates elsewhere in the world.
The pop star was due to play six shows in Australia and New Zealand at the end of the year, but these have been put on hold until indefinitely “next year”.
This isn’t the first time Bieber’s tour has been changed from the originally scheduled 2020 string of dates. More recently, his diagnosis of Ramsay Hunt syndrome (a rare virus that causes facial paralysis) led to postponements.
Justin Bieber initially managed to cover most of North America on the tour until the remaining dates were rescheduled in June. After resuming touring two months later, he then announced that he had to take a break from touring “to make my health the priority at this time”.
“Earlier this year, I went public with my battle with Ramsay-Hunt syndrome, where my face was partially paralyzed,” Bieber previously said of the postponements.
“Due to this illness, I was unable to complete the North American leg of the Justice Tour. After resting and seeing doctors, my family and my team, I went to Europe with the aim of continuing the tour.
“I did six live shows, but it really cost me a lot. Last weekend I played Rock in Rio and gave the Brazilians everything I had. After coming off stage, exhaustion overtook me and I realized that I had to make my health a priority right now. So I’m going to take a break from my touring for the time being.