To the disappointed folks who won’t see Justin Bieber in canceled concerts in Arlington, Texas, Pasadena, Denver, Minneapolis, East Rutherford, N.J., Foxborough, Mass., Toronto, Tokyo, Hong Kong, The Philippines and Singapore: Don’t be sorry. The pop star really is “over” his “Purpose” World Tour.
After announcing Monday that the remaining 14 dates of his tour would be canceled due to “unforeseen circumstances,” the pop star issued another statement indicating that nothing was seriously wrong. He just wanted to chill after being on the road (and in the air) for two years.
It shouldn’t have come as a surprise to those who saw him in March 2016 at SAP Center in San Jose, on just the fifth stop of the original 58-date tour. Despite the puffed up production — with literal fireworks, lasers, smoke, acrobats and skateboarders — the pop star looked bored, even haughty, throughout the 100-minute show.
He did sing the song “Sorry” and echoed the sentiment in his most recent communication with fans: “I love you guys, I think you guys are awesome. I’m sorry for anyone who feels, like, disappointed or betrayed, it’s not in my heart or anything and have a blessed day.”
Fellow pop star John Mayer offered his two cents, defending Bieber on Twitter, saying, “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 [thumbs up] for realizing it was time to call it.”
HARD II LOVE INDEED
An Atlanta woman who accused Usher of exposing her to herpes is increasing her demands now that she knows she has the disease.
TMZ reports that the woman, who filed legal documents under the name Jane Doe, was freaked when got the results of a test over the weekend.
She apparently went for the STD test soon after she heard reports that the R&B singer (whose new album is, ahem, “Hard II Love”) admitted he has herpes simplex 2.
According to TMZ, the woman sued Usher for $10 million after she says they had unprotected sex earlier this year. Now, though, she’s seeking $20 million for emotional harm, medical bills and punitive damages.
The performer, whose full name is Usher Raymond IV and who has been married to Grace Miguel for almost two years, hasn’t commented.
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— Staff, wire report