Justin Bieber Steps Back From ‘Justice World Tour’ Citing Need To Prioritize Health

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 18: Justin Bieber performs onstage during the “Justice World Tour” at Pechanga Arena on February 18, 2022 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Justin Bieber)

For the fifth time, Justin Bieber has postponed his “Justice World Tour.” The pop singer shared a statement with fans via his Instagram Story Tuesday explaining that he needed to take a step back from touring in order to prioritize his health.

The world tour has been stopped multiple times, first due to the worldwide COVID-19 lockdowns, then again when Bieber tested positive for the virus. In June, Bieber was diagnosed with Ramsey Hunt syndrome which paralyzed half of his face. Despite all the stops and starts, Bieber was still determined to get out on stage and perform when he could. However, after his continued battles, the pop superstar shared he needed to take time to rest.

“After resting and consulting with my doctors, family and team, I went to Europe in an effort to continue with the tour,” Bieber wrote in his statement. “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 need to make my health the 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.”

The “Justice World Tour,” promoted by AEG Presents, is Bieber’s first trek following his 2016/2017 “Purpose World Tour.” The current run was originally slated to begin on May 14, 2020 in Seattle before concluding on Sept. 26, 2020 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Bieber finally managed to make it out on the road on Feb. 18, 2022 in San Diego, with the final show taking place on Sept. 4 in Rio de Janeiro. Last year, Bieber announced an additional 98 dates with plans to continue the tour until early 2023 with shows in North America, Europe, South America, Africa, Israel, Asia, and Oceania. Bieber and his team have not yet revealed if there are plans to eventually continue with the tour, instead focusing on the singer’s health.

Among dates reported to Pollstar‘s Boxoffice for the “Justice World Tour” include Bieber’s June 3 performance at Brooklyn, New York’s Barclays Center, which sold out and grossed $2.2 million. His two shows at Mexico City’s Foro Sol on May 25 and 26 sold a total 112,747 tickets, grossing $7.8 million.