It’s no secret that Justin Bieber has been grafting hard, promoting his new No. 1 Purpose album. It’s also obvious that the singer’s emotions are very much to the surface at present. On Tuesday morning, Bieber tweeted an apology to the Late Show’s Stephen Colbert for canceling his pre-scheduled appearance hours before last night’s show.
The 21-year-old also pulled out of his upcoming performance in the Thanksgiving Day Parade on CBS, which he was set to tape in New York City after his spot on Colbert’s show, Entertainment Tonight reports.
“My apologies to @colbertlateshow as I won’t be able to make it to nyc tomorrow for the show,” Bieber tweeted the host yesterday. “I look forward to making it up to you soon.”
My apologies to @colbertlateshow as I won’t be able to make it to nyc tomorrow for the show. I look forward to making it up to you soon
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) November 24, 2015
Without getting specific, the Canadian’s second tweet to Colbert implied his reasons for the last minute cancellation were personal in nature.
“@StephenAtHome thank you for the understanding as sometimes life kicks our a– and we need to deal with it. I will see u soon. Thank you,” Bieber added.
Hours later, Colbert replied to Bieber.
— Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) November 25, 2015
Bieber’s tweets are in line with sources cited by Entertainment Tonight, who revealed parade production sources said the hitmaker (most likely his team) abruptly cancelled the singer’s performance shoot, and Late Show appearance, because of “undisclosed personal reasons.”
Shortly after ET’s exclusive report, TMZ reported sources close to Bieber say the star is “emotionally and mentally spent” and is dealing with “personal issues.” It was emphasized these issues are not caused by drugs or alcohol.
Back in August, Bieber broke down in tears at the end of performance at the MTV Video Music Awards. During a later interview on Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show, he said he cried because he felt “overwhelmed” by the audience’s support.
Fast forward to the singer’s extensive promotional tour in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand in the run-up to Purpose’s release and a whirlwind of interviews, TV shows, and performances after it dropped.
Bieber’s brief high strung moment — while filming the Today Show in September to promote his (then) upcoming new album — when mic feed of his complaint about camera placement leaked — his walk out from an albeit inane Spanish radio show interview, and a concert in Norway after one song in October — has led to speculation that he is struggling with his hefty work schedule amid personal issues.
Justin also broke down in tears on stage during the third of three events held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on November 13, the same day day Purpose was officially released. He cried during his rendition of his song “I’ll Show You.”
The song’s lyrics find Bieber getting candid about his emotions and fame. “Sometimes it’s hard to do the right thing / When the pressure’s coming down like lightning / It’s like they want me to be perfect / When they don’t even know that I’m hurting,” he sings in the pre-chorus.
During a recent televised interview with respected Z100 radio host and ET correspondent, Elvis Duran, the Biebs admitted, “It’s an emotional time in my life for sure.”
Elaborating, he said, “I’ve been having a lot of cries lately — good cries, bad cries, just all around being emotional.”
“I just want people to know I’m human,” he told the music magazine. “I’m struggling just to get through the days. I think a lot of people are. You get lonely, you know, when you’re on the road. People see the glam and the amazing stuff, but they don’t know the other side. This life can rip you apart.”
Justin went on to reveal he deals with depression “all the time,” and feels “isolated” by the downside of fame.
“You’re in your hotel room and there are fans all around, paparazzi following you everywhere, and it gets intense,” he said. “When you can’t go anywhere or do anything alone you get depressed. I would not wish this upon anyone.”
On Tuesday, Bieber was spotted riding on a scooter outside the W Hotel in West Hollywood a few hours after his tweets to Colbert.
No doubt, the singer’s management, record label, and fans will be hoping some evidently much-needed downtime over Thanksgiving will help him relax and regroup before the next stint of Purpose promotion.
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