The musician posted the announcement on Instagram, saying that performing six live shows following his Ramsay Hunt syndrome diagnosis earlier this year, “took a real toll.”
“This past weekend, I performed at Rock in Rio and I gave everything I have to the people in Brazil,” Bieber said. Exhaustion “overtook” him, he said. After following up with his doctors, family and team, the singer said he decided to make his health a priority over his tour.
“I’m going to take a break from touring for the time being. I’m going to be okay, but I need time to rest and get better,” he said. “I’ve been so proud to bring this show and our message of Justice to the world.”
Beiber was due to perform in New Zealand and Australia in November and December. According to his local promotor, Frontier Touring, at this stage, the New Zealand and Australian shows will still go ahead.
“We are aware that Justin Bieber has decided to take a break from touring and wish Justin a speedy recovery and admire his decision to put his health first,” Frontier Touring told NZ Herald.
“We can’t wait to see him back on the road. Our understanding is the Australian and New Zealand leg of the tour is set to continue as scheduled.”
The singer thanked fans for support and prayers and closed the announcement writing, “I love you all passionately!”
Already postponed earlier this year due to Bieber and members of his team testing positive for COVID-19, the world tour finally launched in March.
He had 70 shows set to run until March 2023 in South America, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Europe.
Bieber did not say when he might return to the stage, and his publicists did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In June, the Canadian singer disclosed that he was diagnosed with Ramsay Hunt Syndrome, which left half of his face paralyzed, forcing him to cancel performances in order to recover. He posted a video on Instagram explaining to viewers that he could not smile on one side of his face, but assured fans that he just needed time to recover.
At 13 years old, Bieber became a global pop star with songs like “Baby” gaining him instant fame.