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Earlier this week, Justin Bieber took to Instagram to apologize for no longer participating in fan meet-and-greets after his concerts, citing mental health reasons for the recent policy change -- but not everyone is having it.
@justinbieber cancelling his meet and greet after people have paid. No respect given to people who have paid so much money.
— fayelouiseparkinson (@fayeparkinson)
March 23, 2016
"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," he wrote in the heartfelt post. "I want to make people smile and happy, but not at my expense. 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." After all, dude is arguably one of the world's biggest pop stars, which we all know isn't exactly a walk in the park when it comes to feeling the pressure. He's been on display, more or less, since he was a child.
And while the cancelations (obviously) sparked initial derision from the Beliebers who paid up to $2K for his pricy VIP meet-and-greet package, the general consensus soon took a turn for the more supportive, with fans flooding the tag with affirmations and plenty of encouragement to take care of his mental health.
@justinbieber always remember that your health and happiness comes before anything else so if you can't do the tour anymore then cancel it -
— mel (@drewssorry)
March 24, 2016
After all, taking into account that the Beliebers are notoriously enthusiastic (with some extreme fans
even self-harming in his name), it's probably unsurprising that huge meet-and-greets can be overwhelming, draining, pressure cooker-esque experiences for Justin -- especially when compounded by existing emotional strain. So, who are we to judge?
Here's to getting better, Justin, and don't let the haters get you down.