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Justin Bieber Calls off “Justice” World Tour to Prioritize Health

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at FSU chapter.

Nearly three months after being diagnosed with Ramsay Hunt Syndrome, Justin Bieber has canceled the remaining cities on his “Justice” World Tour. The “Justice” World Tour was the fourth concert tour by the Canadian pop singer, where he was set to perform in 52 different cities. Unfortunately, his battle with Ramsey Hunt Syndrome has caused him to be unable to continue for now.

What is ramsay hunt syndrome?

Ramsay Hunt Syndrome is a rare neurological disorder caused by the varicella-zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox in children and shingles in adults. This virus can develop in the form of Ramsey Hunt Syndrome by attacking facial nerves near the ear causing facial paralysis typically on one side of the face.

On Jun. 10, Justin Bieber shared a video on Instagram explaining his condition while revealing the visible paralysis. He said he would cancel his upcoming tour dates, as he is “physically, obviously not capable of doing them.” In the meantime, Bieber stated he was practicing facial exercises to get his face back to normal. “I gotta go get my rest on,” he said, “so that I can get my face where it’s meant to be.” He added that he was unsure how long it would take, but he had hope.

Since Justin Bieber posted this video on Instagram, he seemed to make a speedy recovery and on Jul. 19, he announced he would be resuming his world tour via the tour’s social media outlets. After performing six live shows abroad, Justin Bieber made an additional statement on Instagram on Sept. 7 saying it took a toll on him. “After getting off stage, the exhaustion overtook me, and I realized that I need to make my health the priority right now.”

Justin Bieber has called off his tour and said, “I’m going to be ok, but I need time to rest and get better.” It is evident that the number of times he has canceled his tour would make fans unhappy since this tour was postponed originally in 2020 due to COVID-19, but there are other factors to consider as well.

Justin Bieber has a long history of mental health issues that can be taken into consideration when looking at his cancelations. The “Justice” World Tour is not the only tour Justin Bieber has canceled due to health issues. Back in 2017, Justin Bieber canceled a portion of his ‘Purpose’ World Tour due to “unforeseen circumstances,” which hint at mental health struggles.

After a decade-long distinguished yet controversial career, Justin Bieber started to open about how his superstar status has affected his mental health. In 2019, he shared a lengthy Instagram post depicting his struggles of skyrocketing to fame at such a young age. He stated, “I went from a 13-year-old boy from a small town to being praised left and right by the world with millions saying how much they loved me and how great I was.” It is hard to not empathize with him, and one can imagine how overwhelming overnight success would be especially as a young, developing teen.

Justin Bieber added that he made mistakes in his twenties that tarnished his image. He eventually fell into a depression while abusing drugs. Being vulnerable is something Bieber is not a stranger to, and he acknowledges his faults.

Fan reactions to the news of the Justice World Tour being canceled have been plentiful online, split along the lines of disappointment and understanding. His supporters recognize that he needs to take care of both his mental and physical health before performing to the best of his ability. There is no clear date of return, but fans hope he has an effective recovery.

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Lexi is a third-year student at FSU majoring in public relations. She enjoys spending time with friends, coffee, concerts, reading, and the beach.