Justin Bieber may be glad to leave London behind him, suffering a week of bad press and paparazzi scuffles there, but he’s off to a rocky start as he heads onto the continent. A rep for Justin announced Sunday that the 19 year-old singer is canceling his second show on Tuesday due to “unforeseen circumstances”. Bieber was scheduled to perform at the Pavilhao Atlantico in Lisbon on March 11 and March 12, according to TMZ.
“The Canadian singer is eager to play for the Portuguese fans on March 11. Holders of tickets valid for March 12 should contact the respective place of purchase to receive a refund within 30 days of the date of the scheduled concert, which ends April 11”, the statement continued.
People are speculating what prompted the cancellation of the show. Justin did suffer a shortness of breath while performing at the O2 arena in London last Thursday night, some even saying he may have passed out.
But Bieber did walk off stage with help, was treated backstage with oxygen, and about 20 minutes later returned to the stage to finish out the show. Apparently he had been complaining of shortness of breath throughout the show.
Justin’s manager Scooter Braun took to the stage that night to announce to the crowd that, “Justin's got very light breath”. Bieber was transported to a London hospital for treatment following the concert.
However, if health reasons are the to be blamed for the cancellation, why would that impact the second show? British paper the Mirror made the claim that it was because of poor ticket sales.
But as website Gossip Cop points out though, it’s ridiculous to think someone as popular as Justin Bieber, who just sold out four shows in London, would fail to draw enough fans for a concert.
They say Bieber’s manager told them exclusively that the cancellation is due to logistical problems with the unions. Scooter Braun claims there are “issues with load out”, meaning to the time allowed to break down the stage and all the equipment from a show, which is why the second concert was the one that was cut.
That explanation does make sense, but it’s still not enough to quell rumors of other more salacious reasons for Justin cancelling the concert.
Monday Justin was roundly booed for being what many concertgoers claim was two hours late for his young fans. Bieber tweeted apologies to them and their angry parents, since many left before the singer even took to the stage.
The Friday before, Justin was also mired in controversy after “whining” about how bad his birthday sucked. Bieber allegedly was denied access to the London club he wanted to celebrate in due to underage members of his posse.
Justin made headlines once again when he got into a scuffle with a photographer as he was leaving his hotel. The incident was caught on tape and showed Bieber physically go after the paparazzo, throwing F-bombs his way as well.
It should be pointed out as far as health reasons go, Thursday’s London scare wasn’t the first time Justin has collapsed on stage during a performance. He suffered a concussion during a concert in Paris last June after he fell into a glass wall, and vomited onstage in Arizona last September.
Add in Bieber’s recent scandal involving pot smoking pictures, and his tumultuous relationship with Selena Gomez, and you get why such a big deal is made of a concert date cancellation.