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Justin Bieber scraps world tour over health issues

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By AFP

  • Justin Bieber has suspended his Justice world tour.
  • In June, the singer revealed he had been diagnosed with a syndrome that caused him partial facial paralysis.
  • Bieber returned to the stage recently, performing six lives shows in Europe and at a festival in Brazil.

Justin Bieber said Tuesday he is once again taking a break from touring, months after revealing he’d been diagnosed with a syndrome that caused him partial facial paralysis.

In June, the 28-year-old megastar had pushed back the North American leg of his “Justice” tour due to Ramsay Hunt Syndrome, a complication of shingles.

Bieber recently went back on the road, performing six live shows in Europe and the Rock in Rio festival in Brazil this weekend.

But he said Tuesday his return to the stage had been premature.

“This past weekend, I performed at Rock in Rio, and I gave everything I have to the people in Brazil. After getting off stage, the exhaustion overtook me, and I realised that I need to make my health the priority right now,” Bieber said.

“So I’m going to take a break from touring for the time being,” the Peaches singer continued in a post on Instagram stories.

“I’m going to be OK, but I need time to rest and get better. I’ve been so proud to bring this show and our message of justice to the world.”

Ramsay Hunt Syndrome is a rare neurological disorder that can inflame and paralyse the facial nerve, and cause a painful rash around the ear or mouth. In addition to facial paralysis, it can cause hearing loss.

Bieber had dozens of performances across the globe – South Africa on 28 September in Cape Town and 1 October in Johannesburg – scheduled through March 2023.

The superstar did not give an estimated timeline of recovery or indicate whether the “Justice” tour would ever resume.

Covid-19 had forced two postponements even before the singer’s health began suffering.