Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber has cancelled all of the remaining dates of his Justice world tour, following health issues.

The 29-year-old singer had postponed the tour several times, telling fans last summer that he was suffering from facial paralysis, after a diagnosis of Ramsay Hunt syndrome (RHS).

He said in September 2022 that he wanted to make his "health a priority".

The tour's official Twitter page posted on Tuesday that ticket holders would automatically receive a refund.

The Canadian had been due to play shows in the US, Australia and Europe/UK, including a Manchester date originally planned in for this Saturday (4 March).

However some of his fans have previously expressed their dismay about not receiving refunds for postponed dates on the now-scrapped tour, which has reportedly grossed $55m (£46m).

No official reason has been given, as yet, for the cancellations.

Fan reaction

Cade Harper, 23 from Aberdeen, who got tickets in November 2021 as a Christmas gift from a family member, told BBC News: "I'm sad he has cancelled but his health comes first and I totally understand.

"I just wish he didn't say it was only postponed. This would have been my second time seeing him as I have already seen him in Glasgow for the Purpose tour so I was looking forward to seeing him in my home town in Aberdeen."

Chrystabel Mangwendeza, 24, in Birmingham, told us she was "upset" and "angry", but also "sad" that she now won't get to see Bieber, despite forking out around £140 on tickets.

She added on Wednesday evening that she had not yet received an email from Ticketmaster and had found out about the gig cancellations by reading about it online.

"I've waited so long for a tour in the first place," she noted. "And it wasn't even him who made the announcement.

"I feel like he didn't even have the decency to tell fans himself."

BBC News has asked Bieber's representatives for a comment.

The Grammy-winning performer, who attended last month's London Fashion Week, took a total break from music in 2019 to focus on his mental health.

His latest latest album, featuring the likes of Burna Boy, Chance the Rapper and Khalid, reached number one in the US and number two in the UK chart in early 2021.

But he said that subsequent shows in Europe had "taken a real toll on me" and that he needed more time to "rest and get better".

What is Ramsay Hunt syndrome?

RHS is when a shingles outbreak affects the facial nerve near someone's ears, resulting in paralysis of parts of the face.

It cannot be passed from one person to another, but it is a complication from shingles, which is linked to the chickenpox virus that many people can get when they're children.

According to the charity Facial Palsy UK, if the immune system becomes depressed and is less able to fight off infection, the body can become vulnerable to a reactivation of the chickenpox virus.

It says stress is often a trigger as it can weaken the immune system, and people who are stressed are more likely to suffer from infections.

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