Justin Bieber set to reveal the truth behind why he cancelled his world tour
Since he first shot to fame aged just 13, Justin Bieber has made a habit of staying in the limelight - and not always for good reasons. In the last five years, he's made the news for reckless driving, vandalism and, perhaps most famously, for being arrested in 2014 on suspicion of driving while under the influence.
More recently, however, Bieber has come under fire for a different reason. Although he hasn't been in trouble with the law since his DUI charge, the singer has still managed to cause upset amongst his fans.
In July this year, the 23-year-old called off the final 14 shows of his 'Purpose' world tour due to what was only described as "unforeseen circumstances". Of course, this left many fans confused and disappointed - especially as Bieber failed to elaborate on exactly what was stopping him from going ahead with the shows.
Last month, the star took to Instagram in order to (sort of) apologise to his followers, stating that he was still "learning and growing". In the post, he did take accountability for his actions, but was still rather vague in his explanation:
"Im [sic] VERY aware I'm never gonna be perfect, and I'm gonna keep making mistakes but what I'm not gonna do is let my past dictate my future ... 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."
But there clearly is more to the story, as Bieber's manager, Scooter Braun, implied when he answered questions about the singer's uncharacteristically illusive behaviour.
"Look, I think he’ll decide to tell people when he’s ready of exactly happened," Braun said in an interview with CBS, hinting that there was a particular event that stopped Bieber from going ahead with the tour.
"But I think he was making a decision, like he said, to protect himself. But he’s 23 years old now, and if he makes a decision as a man, as long as he’s willing to listen to opinions and hear people out – if he has true conviction, I’m willing to have his back."
Some have speculated that the singer may have quit music for good, and instead may be pursuing more spiritual avenues, while others believe he's just taking a break to re-evaluate a few things.
But is it too late now to say sorry?
Judging by his ongoing success, probably not. Despite cancelling the tour, Bieber's album was the fastest ever to reach a billion streams on Spotify, and his most-viewed YouTube video is fast approaching 3 billion hits, too.
It does seem strange that the singer would pull out of a huge tour at pretty much the highest point of his career so far, and - after the comments from his manager - an explanation for his motives is now hotly anticipated. Hopefully there is more music to come from Bieber, if for no other reason than to stop every radio station playing Despacito a million times a day.