No, it wasn’t the dustups with photographers, being banned from China for “bad behaviour”, nor the fact that he’s been rumbled for never bothering to learn the Spanish lyrics to “Despacito”. According to the man himself, the reason Bieber is hanging up his microphone for the remainder of 2017 is because he wants his career to be “sustainable”.
After cancelling the remaining 14 shows of his tour without any explanation, Biebs finally put out a statement to his fans yesterday—a paragraph that, while un-proofread, grammatically inaccurate, and badly photographed off his iMac screen, seemed to come from a place of honesty. Either that or he has a better PR manager than the White House.
“I’ve learned the more you appreciate your calling the more you want to protect your calling,” he wrote. “Me taking this time right now is me saying I want to be SUSTAINABLE... so that I can be the man I want to be, the husband I eventually want to be, and the father I want to be.”
Covertly referencing his split with Selena Gomez—a relationship that left him with one of the worst tattoos of all time—and discussing his insecurities, the singer reveals how he’s treated the tour as an educational experience.
“I’m VERY aware I’m never gonna be perfect, and I’m gonna keep making mistakes but what I’m not gonna do is let the past dictate my future,” he wrote. “What I’m not gonna do is be ashamed of my mistakes. I wanna be a man that learns from them and grows from them.!! I want you all to know this tour has been unbelievable and taught me so much about myself..”
While it might come as little consolation to the hundreds of thousands of fans who will miss out on the chance to watch a choreographed “Sorry” routine in the flesh, the world can now live in hope that it’s a reformed Bieber that returns to the stage on his next tour. Or at least one who’s stopped spitting in people’s faces or pissing in mop buckets.
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