Beliebers who were excited about meeting their hero got some bad news on Tuesday, when Justin Bieber announced via Instagram that he will no longer be taking part in meet and greet sessions with fans after concerts. He wrote that the hangouts leave him exhausted and unfulfilled.
Bieber wrote, “Love u guys. I'm going to be canceling my meet and greets. I enjoy meeting such incredible people but I end up feeling so drained and filled with so much of other people's spiritual energy that I end up so drained and unhappy.. Want to make people smile and happy but not at my expense and I always leave feeling mentally and emotionally exhausted to the point of depression.”
The “Love Yourself” singer added that part of the problem is simply being Justin Bieber and having to live up to a certain perception that Beliebers may have of him. “The pressure of meeting people's expectations of what I'm supposed to be is so much for me to handle and a lot on my shoulders. Never want to disappoint but I feel I would rather give you guys the show and my albums as promised. Can't tell you how sorry I am, and wish it wasn't so hard on me.. And I want to stay in the healthy mindset I'm in to give you the best show you have ever seen ;)”
Given that Bieber is in the middle of a 10-month, 100+ show world tour, it makes sense that he would want to avoid draining fan encounters on a nightly basis. However, People reported that there was another reason for eliminating the meet and greets. The singer's management posted a note indicating that a “security incident” caused his team to reconsider the meetups.
The note explained, “During a recent show, there was a security incident that caused our team to have to re-think how meet and greets were handled. This is a new tour with new venues almost every night and still a changing process, but we have decided for the time being that this is our best course of action.” TMZ suggested that the incident involved a potentially dangerous fan on Bieber's “watch list” who managed to get inside the venue and within 10 feet of the singer before security removed her.
Regardless of the reason, the cancellation of one-on-one meet and greets is sure to disappoint many of Bieber's fans. However, fans who had spent as much as $2000 for the meet and greet package are being switched over to a VIP Hangout package, which still offers a chance to hang with Bieber backstage as part of a large group setting, without the opportunity to take personal photographs.
Bieber's Purpose World Tour takes him to L.A., Las Vegas, and Fresno this week. With “Love Yourself” finally sliding down the charts, Bieber's team has begun promoting “Company” as the album's next single.