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Bieber 'sorry' for cancelling tour meet-and-greets

Last Updated Mar 30, 2016 at 11:13 pm EDT

Cue the sound of Belieber hearts breaking all over the world: Justin Bieber has cancelled all of his meet-and-greets for the remainder of his Purpose World Tour.

The Biebs announced last week via Instagram that he’ll no longer be meeting fans before his shows, most of whom had forked over thousands of dollars just to shake hands with the pop star.

The singer said the meet-ups left him feeling “drained” and “mentally and emotionally exhausted to the point of depression.”

Bieber’s sold-out tour is scheduled to come to the Air Canada Centre on May 18 and 19.

Meet-and-greet packages for those shows started at $1222 or $2647 depending on the package, and tickets have been on sale since November.

Love u guys.. I’m going to be canceling my meet and greets. I enjoy meeting such incredible people but I end up feeling so drained and filled with so much of other people’s spiritual energy that I end up so drained and unhappy.. Want to make people smile and happy but not at my expense and I always leave feeling mentally and emotionally exhausted to the point of depression .. The pressure of meeting people’s expectations of what I’m supposed to be is so much for me to handle and a lot on my shoulders. Never want to disappoint but I feel I would rather give you guys the show and my albums as promised. Can’t tell you how sorry I am, and wish it wasn’t so hard on me.. And I want to stay in the healthy mindset I’m in to give you the best show you have ever seen 😉

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Those with premium tickets have now been given two lacklustre alternatives. They can either give up their seats and receive a full refund or keep their tickets and settle with meeting members of Bieber’s dance troupe.

Third-party ticket vendor Bkstg posted a release about the options and explicitly stated no other reimbursement options are available, including partial refunds for fans that would still like to watch the show.

“There are no partial refunds, so you would also be forfeiting your ticket in exchange for your money back,” the release states.

Fans who kept their tickets are apparently being greeted with a cardboard cut-out of Bieber backstage to the rage and ridicule of many online.

Is it too late now to say sorry?