Here's some ridiculous news: last week we learned Justin Bieber canceled all of his scheduled meet-and-greets for his Purpose World Tour, citing depression and exhaustion. That's not the ridiculous part—it's his solution to the problem that has us going "What?"
Apparently instead of the real Biebs, the folks who dropped $2,000 for the ultimate VIP fan experience were met with a cardboard cutout of the "Sorry" singer. At least that was the case with a recent Las Vegas gig. JB probably owes those Beliebers an apology who; according to the NME, they weren't given a refund (they'd have to forfeit their concert ticket if they did that). Boo.
Here's one pic of a fan with the fake Biebs:
Here's what Bieber initially wrote about the cancelled meet-and-greets:
"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 ;)"
Hope he's okay, but like, there's gotta be a better solution than a cardboard cutout, right? If you need something to turn that frown upside down, click through our list of the 10 best Purpose covers.