Fans Paid $2K to Meet Justin Bieber, Say They Got Photo With Cardboard Cutout Instead

By Chika Dunu, Epoch Times
March 29, 2016 12:52 pm Last Updated: March 31, 2016 8:26 am

When Justin Bieber decided to eliminate the VIP meet-and-greet option from his Purpose World Tour, fans were disappointed.

According to Bieber, such interactions left him “drained and unhappy,” as posted in an Instagram post.

Fans who had already purchased the costly option—that can cost upward of $2,000—were unable to get a full refund.

Bieber captioned a photo with a young fan on his Instagram page,”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…Never want to disappoint but I feel I would rather give you guys the show and my albums as promised.”

But fans who had already purchased the costly option—that can cost upward of $2,000—were unable to get a full refund despite cancellation from the superstar, himself. Initially, it was an all or nothing choice, choose to go to the concert or not attend at all. That has since been changed, and fans are now able to get their money back.

Fans were able to snap photos with a cardboard version of Bieber.

And if decided to still attend, there was still an opportunity to take a photo with the Canadian singer—The cardboard cut-out version, that is. See below:

Fans were able to snap photos with a cardboard version of Bieber, who was dressed in a plaid shirt, ripped denim and white sneakers, backstage. 

Fans of Bieber and other commenters expressed a mix reaction to the news of the apologetic singer forgoing the meet-and-greets. Some fans were understanding of Bieber putting his health first, others were not so forgiving, unamused that Bieber’s camp weren’t offering a partial refund. Read some of the reactions below.