Pop superstar Justin Bieber wrote a letter to fans explaining his reasons for canceling the remaining dates of his Purpose World Tour in an Instagram post on Aug. 3. The singer canceled the last 15 dates of the tour in July, leading fans to speculate about why he pulled the plug on the global world tour after performing 150 dates.
The “Sorry” chart topper does not give a specific reason for canceling the dates after 18 months of touring, but he alluded to the need to keep himself healthy and wanting his career to be “sustainable.”
In the Instagram post, Bieber acknowledged his well-publicized problems, stating, "Learning and growing hasn't always been easy but knowing I'm not alone has kept me going. I want you all to know this tour has been unbelievable and has taught me so much about myself... I am reminded of how blessed I am to have a voice in this world. I've learned the more you appreciate your calling the more you want to protect your calling."
“Me taking this time right now is me saying I want to be SUSTAINABLE… I want my career to be sustainable, but I also want my mind heart and soul to be sustainable.”
Bieber alluded to his run of bad behavior and negative publicity in 2012-2014, stating, "I have let my insecurities get the best of me at times, I let my broken relationships dictate the way I acted towards people and the way I treated them! I let bitterness, jealousy, and fear run my life!!! I am extremely blessed to have people in the past few years help me build my character back up reminding me of who I am and who I want to be!"
The 23-year-old superstar is looking to the future and feels that he needs to take time off now in order to be a better person in the future. He stated he wants to “be the man I want to be, the husband I eventually want to be and the father I want to be.
The cancellation of his successful world tour drew both support and criticism from other artists, who understand the toll that a concert tour can take on a performer’s mental and physical well-being, according to Billboard.
John Mayer supported of Bieber in a series of Twitter posts, stating, “When someone pulls remaining dates of a tour, it means they would have done real damage to themselves if they kept going...We’ve lost so many great artists lately. I give Justin two thumbs up for realizing it was time to call it. You should too.”
Former One Direction star Louis Tomlinson saw both sides of the story, but was more critical of Bieber, saying, “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.”
Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun endorsed Bieber’s post with an Instagram post stating that “It was honest and real. I personally, knowing the man, was proud of him and his willingness to share his journey. I have a feeling the best is yet to come.”