Justin Bieber has been banned from performing in the Chinese capital due to his “bad behavior,” according to a statement from the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Culture in response to fans asking about the cancellation.
“His series of misbehavior while living abroad and during his performances in China has caused public resentment,” said the statement dated July 18. “To regulate the domestic entertainment market and purify its environment, we find it inappropriate to bring in performers with bad behaviors.”
The 23-year-old singer’s official website does not show any scheduled tour dates in mainland China. But there appears to be some confusion about a possible stop in Shanghai.
The Canadian pop singer is currently on his third world tour, with Asian dates in Japan, India, Hong Kong, Philippines, Singapore and Indonesia.
Although the Chinese ticketing website that is selling tickets for two Justin Bieber concerts scheduled on September 16 in Beijing and September 23 in Shanghai was not aware of the Beijing government’s decision but said it will refund in full if the approval doesn’t come through.
A source at the Shanghai cultural authority, which approves concerts in that city, told CNN that it was unlikely that Shanghai would allow Justin Bieber to perform there, given the decision Beijing has already made.
China has blacklisted musicians reportedly due to their meeting up and tweeting about exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, but not for “bad behavior.” Those allegedly blacklisted include Lady Gaga, Selena Gomez, Bon Jovi, Maroon 5, Linkin Park and Bjork.