Justin Bieber has been breaking young girls’ hearts since the moment he burst onto the scene a few years ago. Yet recently one more heart broke after the pop star announced he would be forgoing the rest of his scheduled VIP meet-and-greet portions of his Purpose World Tour.
“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,” the singer wrote in a caption of a picture showing him hugging a young fangirl posted to Instagram. “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.”
He went on to talk about how he would rather focus his efforts, energy, and attention on the actual performances and upcoming album work, but that rationale isn’t cutting it for many of the fans who already spent thousands of dollars on the VIP tickets that were supposed to guarantee them special access.
According to Fox 8 Cleveland, one of those fans is Sarah Dooley of Parma Heights, OH. Sarah and her mother, Donna, spent $4,000 on meet-and-greet tickets in November for Bieber’s April 26 show at the Quicken Loans Arena.
Now that the VIP portion has been canceled, they’re left with nothing but a regular ticket (which would have cost much less) and a social media apology. It’s too late to get a refund on the tickets they have and buy show-only tickets at this point as they are all sold out.
The money isn’t the biggest issue to the 19-year-old super-fan’s mother, though. It’s the fact that Sarah suffers from cerebral palsy, and these kind of experiences are the kind of things she looks forward to most in life. Cerebral palsy (CP) is the most common motor disability in childhood and affects approximately one in 323 kids, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“It’s not like she has all these other things that a normal teenagers gets to do,” Donna said. “She doesn’t get to go hang out with friends and go to the movies and things like that. So concerts are the only things she can do like a typical teenager does.”
They still plan to attend the concert even if a partial refund or arrangement can’t be met, but it does make Sarah’s mother question the responsibility the entertainer should have towards his fans.
“I mean, these kids are making you rich, and without the fans, you’re not gonna be rich.”