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Last week, Justin Bieber had teenagers around the world screaming “what do you mean?” after his team announced he was canceling the remaining dates of his Purpose World Tour.
Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun alluded that the cancellation was due to Bieber’s wellness, explaining “a man’s soul and well being I truly care about came first and We must all respect and honor that.”
Some stars that know the high demands of touring all too well showed their support, including girl group Fifth Harmony.
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“We support him and support happiness,” Normani Kordei responded when asked about the news. “We know what it feels like, especially being on the road, and we’re super family-oriented. Like, for me, I get homesick a lot. He was on tour for about 18 months, so that’s a long time… He needed it.”
John Mayer also defended Bieber’s decision, explaining, “There are a hundred different reasons you can give for canceling a tour. I think the one that goes, ‘I think I’m done’ is the bravest and healthiest one.”
Whether you’re calling in a personal day at work or cancelling a world tour, we definitely agree that it’s important to put your mental health first. And Bieber isn’t unfamiliar with doing so.
Last year he canceled all meet and greets with fans due to feeling “mentally and emotionally exhausted to the point of depression” and a few months later said he wouldn’t take photos anymore because it made him feel “like a zoo animal”.
Even during his Purpose World Tour last year, concert goers noticed a pop star much less spirited than the fresh-faced blond swooped teen belting out “Baby” we all met seven years ago. A New York Times concert reviewer characterized Bieber as “a subject forced into high-intensity labor… a joyless presence at the center of constantly erupting energy”.
So perhaps it was up to Bieber and his team to take a step back before deciding to extend the world tour in late 2016.
When asked about the recently canceled tour, former One Direction member Louis Tomlinson wasn’t as forgiving as his fellow X Factor-formed group 5H.
“Obviously, you have to be in a good position mentally, but I also think, to a certain degree, when you’re signing up to something, you should see it through,” Louis explained.
For Louis, it’s the fans that keep him going throughout all the madness.“I get it, the whole game is so exciting and crazy, but at the end of the day, it’s the people buying the records that are putting you where you are.”
Here’s to hoping that Bieber keeps in mind those fans buying his records the next time his team proposes he embarks on a world tour he might not yet be emotionally suited for.