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Justin Bieber abruptly ends world tour

The 23-year-old Canadian cited “unforeseen circumstances”.

JUSTIN BIEBER HAS cancelled the remainder of his world tour, citing “unforeseen circumstances.”

Manchester attack benefit concert Source: PA Wire/PA Images

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

However, a statement from his management said:

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,” 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 and throwing eggs at a neighbour’s house.

Music-Justin Bieber Source: Chris Pizzello via Press Association Images

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 yesterday has spent 11 weeks atop the billboard singles chart.

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

China last week announced that Bieber was unwelcome in the mainland due to his “bad behavior,” a likely reference to the star’s surprise visit in 2014 in Tokyo to the Yasukuni shrine that honors 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 2017

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