Justin Bieber’s decision to pull the plug on his Justice World Tour wasn’t actually his decision at all, but rather an urgent recommendation on behalf of the “vulnerable” star’s doctors.
Sources close to the Sorry singer tell DailyMail.com exclusively that Justin, 29, was “forced” to retire by his team of doctors amid growing concerns over his ongoing battle with Ramsay Hunt syndrome.
“Justin is fragile and has been worn thin lately. He was told this had to be done and he had no other choice,” an insider said.
“He knows that if he doesn’t cancel the remaining tour dates, it could have a terrible impact on his overall health. If he ain’t got his health, he ain’t got nothing.’
Justin Bieber was ‘forced’ to cancel his tour by doctors increasingly concerned about his health amid his ongoing battle with Ramsay Hunt syndrome (seen)
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“Justin is frail and has been wearing thin lately,” the insider said of the singer’s health issues
Justin – who was set to perform in the UK, Australia, Poland, France, New Zealand, Denmark and the Czech Republic – has not spoken out since the news was announced via the tour website this week.
According to the source, “He feels terrible about it. He is aware that this affects so many people who really affect him and he is committed to making sure everything is okay.”
And it’s not just Justin’s doctors who have expressed concern; his wife Hailey, 26, family and friends are all “concerned” about his declining health, the insider added.
“For years, Justin felt he was invincible and nothing could hurt him. But after getting sick with Ramsay Hunt, it became so clear to him that he isn’t,” the source told me.
No official reason was given as to why the tour ended prematurely when the news was announced on the website, which read: ‘Justin Bieber has officially CANCELED the remaining dates of his Justice World Tour. Please contact your retailer for refunds for your show dates.”
When the cancellation was announced, fans were told they would receive a “full refund on their tickets”.
While no official explanation was given for the tour’s cancellation, many fans were quick to assume the reason was rooted in Justin’s health issues. The singer has been completely transparent about his battle with Ramsay Hunt syndrome since he was first diagnosed with the debilitating condition in June 2022.
At the time of his diagnosis, he suffered from facial paralysis and shared photos and videos about it online. At the time, little was known about the condition, which usually occurs when a shingles outbreak affects a nerve near the ears.
Pulling the plug: This is the fifth time Justin has been forced to cancel the Justice Tour, the first time the COVID-19 pandemic paralyzed the world
His loyal fans were told they would receive a ‘full refund on their tickets’
Before the disease: Months before he was diagnosed, Justin showed off his incredible body at the 2022 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival in April 2022
Symptoms of the horrific disease can include an incredibly painful skin rash, hearing loss, and facial paralysis, which Justin suffered at the time of his initial diagnosis.
What is Ramsay Hunt Syndrome? The rare complication of shingles that leads to facial paralysis
Ramsay Hunt syndrome is a complication of shingles, caused by the same virus as chickenpox (VZV), which can lead to facial paralysis.
The virus reactivates after years of dormancy, causing inflammation and irritation of the facial nerves.
VZV is harmless unless it is reactivated and if this happens new symptoms will appear.
The virus can be reactivated when the immune system is weakened and less able to fight infection. Stress is often a trigger.
Figures suggest that five in 100,000 adults in the US will develop RHS.
Children are rarely affected by RHS, as the complication most often affects adults in their sixties.
Treatment usually includes antiviral medication. Doctors recommend seeking help within three days of the onset of symptoms.
Justin first explained his condition in a three-minute video at the time of his diagnosis, revealing that he couldn’t blink his right eye and the right side of his face wasn’t moving.
He started the video and said, “Hello everyone Justin here, just wanted to update you guys on what’s going on.”
“Of course as you can probably tell from my face. I have this syndrome, Ramsay Hunt syndrome, and it is from this virus that affects the nerves in my ear and my facial nerves and has paralyzed my face.”
Justin later shared a sad update on his Instagram story about his condition, saying “It’s getting harder and harder to eat which is extremely frustrating, please pray for me (tearing emoji)”.
Justin’s tour has been postponed five times before, the first time when the Covid-19 pandemic paralyzed the world.
In September 2022, Justin canceled the tour due to physical and mental health issues. Weeks earlier, he revealed that he had overcome facial paralysis.
Twitter exploded after the announcement, with fans showing their support. “So proud of him for putting his health first. He’s an incredible artist,” one fan wrote.
Another fan tweeted, “Aw. As much as I would live to see @justinbieber perform again, his personal health takes precedence over my disappointment. I wish him the very best.”
“Just saw Justin Bieber cancel the rest of his tour dates. I really wish him nothing but healing, he’s been through a lot and while I’ll probably never see him live, I’d rather he do what’s best,” a third fan added.
On July 31, Justin resumed the tour in Italy. He made a total of seven appearances before making the decision to walk out again.
“After rest and consultation with my doctors, family and team, I went to Europe to continue the tour. I did six live shows, but it really took its toll on me,” he told his fans on his Instagram.
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‘Last weekend I performed at Rock In Rio and gave everything to the people of Brazil.’ He also spoke about his battle with facial paralysis, which is why he canceled weeks of dates earlier that year.
“Earlier this year I went public about my battle with Ramsay Hunt Syndrome which left my face partially paralyzed,” Justin wrote.
“As a result of this illness, I was unable to complete the North American leg of the Justice Tour.”
The announcement came just in time for Justin to celebrate turning 29 years old. On March 1, his wife Hailey shared a sweet tribute to her husband on Instagram.
The model shared three photos of the couple and a throwback photo of Justin as a toddler.
“29 never looked so good,” wrote the 26-year-old cover girl. Happy Birthday dear friend! Words cannot possibly sum up everything you embody.”
‘So more joy, more travelling, good food, adventures, more peace, fun and above all more love.’
Hailey and Justin first got together in December 2015 and dated for about a month. They reconciled in June 2018, got engaged in July 2018 and got married later that same year.