Justin Bieber will be cutting his rescheduled world tour short due to his ongoing health issues, according to a post in TMZ that was confirmed to Variety by his reps. On Tuesday morning, the singer said that he needed to take a break from performing “to make my health the priority right now.”
In a statement, Bieber wrote: “Earlier this year, I went public about my battle with Ramsay-Hunt Syndrome, where my face was partly paralyzed.
“As the result of this illness, I was not able to complete the North America leg of the Justice Tour.After resting end consulting with doctors, family and team, I went to Europe in an effort to continue with the tour.
“I performed six live shows, but it took a real toll on me. This past weekend I performed at Rock in Rio and I gave everything I have to the people in Brazil. After getting off stage, the exhaustion overtook me and I realized that I needed to make my health a 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 period I’ve been so proud to bring this show and our message of justice to the world.Thank you for your prayers and support throughout all of this exclamation point i love you all passionately!”
The announcement comes as a surprise, as Bieber was posting photos from his appearance at the Rock in Rio festival on Instagram the night before.
At the time of this article’s publication, the postponement announcement was only posted on TMZ and not on Bieber’s website or social media accounts. The tour has an additional 70 concerts scheduled through March of 2023; the affected dates are in South America, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Europe.
After pandemic-related delays, Bieber’s “Justice World Tour” launched in March, but he postponed his North American tour early in June after announcing his bout with battling Ramsay Hunt syndrome. In Bieber’s case, the rare virus caused facial paralysis.
After sharing his diagnosis on Instagram on June 10, Bieber postponed his early June dates in Washington, D.C., Toronto and New York City, and then followed with the remainder of the North American leg of the tour.
“As you can see, this eye is not blinking. I can’t smile on this side of my face. This nostril will not move. So there’s full paralysis on the side of my face,” Bieber said in a two-and-a-half minute video, demonstrating his condition.
Variety will have more on the situation as it develops.