Justin Bieber Shouldn’t Be Bashed For Canceling Tour Meet-And-Greets Over Depression, Exhaustion, & Security

Justin Bieber announced he is cancelling meet and greets with fans on his current Purpose Tour on Tuesday, while revealing the sessions leave him “feeling mentally and emotionally exhausted to the point of depression.”

In his lengthy message posted at his Facebook and Instagram, Justin added that the “pressure of meeting” fans’ “expectations of what I’m supposed to be is so much for me to handle.” He also stated he wanted to stay “in the healthy mindset” he is currently in to give fans “the best show.”

After the 22-year-old shared his candid note, Beliebers trended “WeAreHereForYouJustin” on Twitter yesterday.

Love u guys.. I'm going to be canceling my meet and greets. I enjoy meeting such incredible people but I end up feeling so drained and filled with so much of other people's spiritual energy that I end up so drained and unhappy.. Want to make people smile and happy but not at my expense and I always leave feeling mentally and emotionally exhausted to the point of depression .. The pressure of meeting people's expectations of what I'm supposed to be is so much for me to handle and a lot on my shoulders. Never want to disappoint but I feel I would rather give you guys the show and my albums as promised. Can't tell you how sorry I am, and wish it wasn't so hard on me.. And I want to stay in the healthy mindset I'm in to give you the best show you have ever seen ;)

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TMZ also reports a serious security scare is a major part of the decision to overhaul fan meetings on the tour.

As per TMZ’s report, and a statement at the official Bkstg website — the company in charge of Bieber’s backstage experiences — fans who already purchased special concert access on the Purpose Tour, for 1-on-1’s or group meets, have received emails offering them refunds.

Bkstg writes the meet and greet group pic feature has been removed from the $925 I’ll Show You VIP package for security reasons. For those fans who don’t opt for a refund, there is an alternative VIP hangout where both photos and videos can be taken of Justin. But, a group photo with the superstar in this package has now been cancelled.

TMZ explains that following a security scare at the M&G for Justin’s second-of-three Purpose Tour concerts at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Monday (March 21), special access group meetings will now entail Justin talking to fans from a stage but there will be no 1-on-1 interaction.

The $925 “I’ll Show You” package is the cheaper VIP version of the Ultimate Purpose Experience. This includes one selfie with Bieber, a backstage tour, an official tour plaque, merch, food in a hospitality area, and pit seating, all for $2,000.

TMZ reports Justin will still do VIP 1-on-1 meet and greets at his upcoming Las Vegas concert on Friday./ According to information posted at the Bkstg site, fans who have booked VIP 1-on-1 will still be meeting Justin on exactly the same terms.

Tiger Beat writer, Emily Rivero, who spoke to Bieber’s manager, Scooter Braun, tweeted that due to safety issues all future meet and greets are likely to be cancelled. In fact, it is only the group photo component of the I’ll Show You VIP Package that’s changed. Rivero also said legal issues are still to be sorted out.

Rivero also explained why M&Gs were moved to after Bieber’s first Purpose show at the Staples Center concert on Sunday. Normally, these take place beforehand.

At least one Bieber fan site tweeted information posted on the Bkstg site in the FAQ section, which stated refunds would lead to a forfeit of concert tickets. Based on Rivero’s comment about legal arrangements, it’s unclear if that is definitely the case.

Ironically, despite the bashing Bieber is receiving online from some fans and media outlets, the modified I’ll Show You VIP package [see here] appears to offer a still rich experience for fans.

TMZ reveals an obsessed female fan, who is on Justin’s security’s “watch list,” came within 10 feet of the star during the meet and greet at Monday’s L.A. show.

According to the site’s sources, Justin’s security team removed the woman from the meet area once they noticed her, although Bieber apparently wasn’t aware the fan was so close. As a result, the potentially dangerous incident prompted the new changes in the Purpose Tour I’ll Show You VIP package.

It’s said the security scare was the wake up call for Bieber’s security team, who have been struggling to manage demand for special access to the superstar before and after concerts. It’s revealed Bieber’s hair has been pulled, clothes have been ripped, and one fan gave him the flu during meets with fans.

Further information about the security issue with the potentially dangerous female fan, and some of Bieber’s fans during recent meet and greets at the L.A. concerts comes from digital marketer, Diane Zmirich, who also spoke to Braun on Tuesday.

Replying to a random fan, Zmirich tweeted that someone named on Justin’s security “Watch List” had a fake ID, but was intercepted by security before they reached Justin.

Zmirich also said threats were made by some fans who got M&G’s, and that making the decision to cancel meet and greets was hard for Justin.

One fan who were at M&G’s in Los Angeles earlier this week revealed some fans sneaked into meet and greets with fake IDs and fights unfolded between fans, some of whom reportedly also made unreasonable demands.

In interviews, Bieber previously revealed he suffers from depression and anxiety. In his GQ cover story in February, the Canadian revealed he recently stopped taking a prescribed course of Adderall which he was given to aid sleep difficulties. The singer is scheduled to perform 114 shows in total during his Purpose World Tour, which wraps on November 29 in London.

Noting the refunds that have already been offered to those who bought the I’ll Show You VIP package, Bieber and his team’s decision to put his health and security first before making money from meet and greets, surely shows the urgent necessity to do so.

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