Justin Bieber has announced the cancellation of his world tour due to growing health concerns, and vows to take time to “rest and get better”.
The global superstar was scheduled to stop off in Manchester at the AO Arena in February 2023 as part of the ‘Justice Tour’ – which had already been rearranged due to COVID-19, and had 70 shows in the diary until March 2023 in South America, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Europe – but he took to social media last night to sadly confirm that he is calling-off the rest of the tour dates.
It comes after the Canadian singer revealed back in June that he had been diagnosed with a rare condition called Ramsay Hunt syndrome, which resulted in complete paralysis of the right side of his face.
While he was forced to cancel immediate North American performances at the time of his diagnosis, the pop star managed to get back out on stage for six gigs in Europe before his health began to deteriorate once again.
Taking to Instagram to explain his decision to cancel the rest of the world tour, Justin Bieber said in a statement: “As a result of this illness, I was not able to complete the North America leg of the Justice Tour.
“After resting and consulting with my doctors, family and team, I went to Europe in an effort to continue with the tour. I performed six live shows, but it took a real toll on me. This past weekend, I performed at Rock in Rio and I gave everything I have to the people in Brazil, but after getting off stage, the exhaustion overtook me and I realised that I need to make my health the priority right now.”
He confirmed that he is “going to take a break from touring for the time being”.
Bieber added that he is “going to be ok”, but said that he just needs to take some time to “rest and get better”.
His statement concluded: “I’ve been so proud to bring this show and our message of Justice to the world. Thank you for your prayers and support throughout all of this.
“I love you all passionately.”
According to the NHS, Ramsay Hunt syndrome is caused by a virus in the facial nerve and is a condition that develops as a complication of the shingles virus – which can emerge in people who have suffered chicken pox as a child.
Some of the possible symptoms include blisters in the ears and on the roof of the mouth, as well as facial weakness.
The condition can be treated with steroids, antiviral medication and facial rehabilitation.
In the latest twist that virtually everyone saw coming, the Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua fight looks like it has been called off yet again. Is anyone even still bothered at this point?
Fury broke the news via Instagram on Monday evening, revealing that he had not received a signed contract from Joshua before his self-imposed 5pm deadline and that the long-awaited all match-up is now off the table.
Joshua’s last two fights came against the Usyk, in which he lost both the first bout and the rematch, going viral with a rather bizarre speech in the immediate aftermath.
As well as questioning how the Ukrainian could have beaten him when he’s “not strong”, he references everything from the Russian invasion to his weight and time in prison.
As for Usyk, he is the only real opponent Fury is likely to face and the pair have been open about arranging a fight, despite both having made it quite clear that they hope to retire in the new future.
Gary Neville insists he has ‘no intention’ of going into politics
Gary Neville has made his stance clear and insisted that he has absolutely “no intention” of going into politics in the future.
The former Manchester United and England footballer, turned manager, pundit, and commentator, made a guest starring appearance at the 2022 Labour Party Conference yesterday – which is currently being held in Liverpool – to give a speech at an event about the future of football.
The Bury-born 47-year-old also threw his support behind party leader Sir Keir Starmer.
But despite becoming a followed figure and somewhat of a voice on current political affairs since his retirement from the game, and most significantly within the last couple of years of Brexit, the COVID-19 pandemic, and under the leadership of several Conservative Prime Ministers, Neville has claimed that he still does not intend to venture into politics.
He also said that he was “not going to be tempted” to become an MP and stand in the upcoming by-election in West Lancashire.
The former right back said he does not “need to be an MP” to support the Labour party.
Neville told BBC Politics that a venture into politics is “something I’ve been asked about regularly over the last 12 – 18 months,” but clarified that he’s “got no intention of going into politics at all”, primarily because “I love what I do so much”.
He continued: “The reality is I love what I do so much. I love what I do in football, I love what I do in Greater Manchester with the businesses that I co-own, and I have to say I wouldn’t want to give that up as I feel as though I’m happy in what I’m doing.
“I want to continue doing the things that I’m doing locally in Greater Manchester.
“And I have to say that I feel politically motivated, but I can do as much, I think, for the Labour Party by being here as I can do being an MP.