Citing "unforeseen circumstances," Justin Bieber has abruptly canceled all remaining stops on his Purpose World Tour. He was set to play AT&T Stadium in Arlington on July 29.
The announcement appeared on Bieber's official website on July 24, and directed ticket-holders to seek refunds at their point of purchase.
The full statement is as follows:
"Due to unforeseen circumstances, Justin Bieber will cancel the remainder of the Purpose World Tour concerts. Justin loves his fans and hates to disappoint them. He thanks his fans for the incredible experience of the Purpose World Tour over last 18 months. He is grateful and honored to have shared that experience with his cast and crew for over 150 successful shows across 6 continents during this run. However, after careful consideration he has decided he will not be performing any further dates. Tickets will be refunded at point of purchase."
Variety reports that Bieber will likely face penalties for canceling, because U.S. dates are typically not insured against cancelation without a medical reason or a “force majeure,” which is defined as an unforeseeable circumstance that prevents someone from fulfilling a contract — like a war or political instability that could put an artist in danger. The trade publication also reports that Pollstar, which tallies concert industry box office results, has determined that through the first half of 2017, Bieber’s tour grossed $93.2 million with average per date ticket sales of 38,297.
Bieber, who took home the most 2016 American Music Awards of any artist, had been touring to support his well-received 2015 album, Purpose, on which he collaborated with other respected musicians. The tour, which had earned positive reviews from the critics, represented a second swing for the album; he toured in spring 2016 with a stop at American Airlines Center.