Justin Bieber has canceled a scheduled concert in Portugal this week.
The European country is his next port of call following the controversy filled London leg of his “Believe” world tour.
The 19-year-old will still perform at the first of the two concerts he was booked for on Monday, March 11 at Portugal’s Pavilhao Atlantico.
The website for Pavilhao Atlantico stated: “‘Due to unforeseen circumstances, Justin Bieber was forced to cancel the second performance in Portugal, March 12.”
However, the site assured the teen idol’s fans that the “Canadian singer is eager to play for the Portuguese fans on March 11.” Those who bought tickets for the canceled concert were advised to contact the original place of purchase for refunds.
Perhaps inevitably, the vague wording of “unforeseen circumstances,” inspired a Portugese newspaper to suggest there was “insufficient demand” for tickets for Bieber’s second concert. But this seems unlikely since the singer was able to sell out four 20,000 capacity shows at London’s 02 Arena.
More plausible reasons for the cancellation are likely to be a desire by Bieber’s management team to realistically stagger their young star’s off-days between high-octane performances.
The “As Long As You Love Me” singer has just come off a turbulent fortnight in the UK, with most of the drama centering on his extraordinary week in London.
In just seven days, the pop prince dubbed his recent b-day the “worst” after he and his entourage were turned away from a club, ranted on Twitter, showed up onstage two hours late on the first night of his London 02 Arena run, collapsed backstage and was hospitalized on Thursday, and dealt with a brutal paparazzo face-off outside his hotel on Friday.
Accusations of diva-like behavior and claims that Bieber’s “unseen” collapse was nothing more than a sympathy ploy after the backlash he received are thought to have taken their toll on the young singer.
Seen in that perspective, if Bieber’s handlers are scheduling in ‘breather’ days to avoid a repetition of the London controversy, this is a wise move.
Although the star came in for some intense criticism during his London jaunt, plenty came out swinging for Team Bieber.
Along with Hollywood actor Will Smith, who was chaperoning his 14-year-old son Jaden — one of the “Believe” tour’s three support acts — CNN Pundit Piers Morgan, Brit singer Jessie J, One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson, and R&B singer Ne-Yo, all spoke of the difficulties of living a life in the lens.
The singer will perform tonight at his only Portugal concert before moving on to Madrid, Spain on March 14.
What do you think were the reasons Justin Bieber’s team canceled the second concert?