Justin Bieber is sorry. Really, really sorry.
For smoking pot.
For cursing Bill Clinton.
For using the n-word.
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For throwing eggs at his neighbor’s mansion.
For making Selena Gomez cry.
For asking Comedy Central to roast him, mercilessly, last March. (He’s really sorry about that.)
He even wrote a No. 1 song to tell people how “Sorry” he is.
Glamour magazine recently asked him: Last time you said sorry?
“I say it every day on the radio!” Bieber said.
His new “Purpose” tour, which comes to Sprint Center on Wednesday, continues the beleaguered Canadian singer’s apology tour. (Critics call it a comeback. Bieber says he’s just growing up. He turned 22 on March 1.)
He arrives in Kansas City fresh off scoring several wins at the iHeartRadio Music Awards on Sunday, including Male Artist of the Year and Best Fan Army — aka the Beliebers.
That’s a high note considering that, as entertainment website Uproxx noted, Bieber spent most of 2015 begging for forgiveness.
“The Canadian chart-topper cranked out so many apologies that we can’t blame you if you’ve lost track,” wrote Uproxx. “Don’t worry, though. He apologized to fans, he apologized to talk show hosts, he apologized to Ronda Rousey, and he apologized to whoever poked their head in during his Comedy Central Roast.
“If you’ll root around your mailbox, he may have even sent you a note expressing remorse for his former misdeeds. That’s how apology-y the dude was in 2015.”
Bieber’s road to redemption through the “Purpose” tour is off to a rocky start.
The tour kicked off in Seattle’s Key Arena on March 9. The Sunday before the show Bieber and several members of his entourage hit a local bar for a round of GlenDronach, single malt scotch shots, $15 each.
The tab came to about $130.
When some fans approached the entourage insisting Bieber pose for a selfie, words were reportedly exchanged between the two groups because the singer didn’t want his picture taken.
Bieber’s entourage walked outside the bar to take a smoke break, then left without paying. The bar nicely called out Bieber in a tweet.
The tour manager apologized, saying everyone in the group thought someone else had paid the bill. The manager paid up, adding a 30 percent tip.
Then, at the arena, Beliebers discovered that some of the $45 tour T-shirts they bought were misspelled — “Purose” instead of “Purpose.”
The tour recalled the shirts and offered exchanges.
Then, last week, Bieber canceled the remaining meet-and-greets on the tour, the ones fans paid $2,000 for.
Bieber explained the decision this way to his fans on Instagram.
“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 ;)”
The news went off like a bomb, especially when fans learned they couldn’t get refunds without giving up their tickets to the best seats in the house, closest to the stage in“the pit.”
In Ohio, mom Donna Dooley of Parma Heights paid $4,000 for VIP tickets for herself and her daughter Sarah, who has cerebral palsy, to meet Bieber at the April 26 show. Sarah couldn’t wait to get a hug from her idol.
“It’s not like she has all these other things that a normal teenagers gets to do. 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,” her disappointed mom told Fox 8 in Cleveland.
In Las Vegas, a photo circulated on social media showing a concert fan posing with a life-size, Bieber cardboard cutout. She was reportedly one of those who had spent $2,000 for the VIP fan experience.
“Hope he’s okay, but like, there’s gotta be a better solution than a cardboard cutout, right?” wrote Fuse.
Some folks got even angrier when they saw the daughter of hockey great Wayne Gretzky posing backstage with Bieber at the Vegas show.
“Good thing Justin Bieber isn’t emotionally exhausted meeting famous people’s kids,” sniffed Crushable.
“Sorry, regular people. Life sucks,” carped TMZ.
On Friday, the company that runs the meet-and-greets capitulated and began offering partial refunds for the meet-and-greet experiences.
Tyan Fairbank, a 19-year-old Belieber and pre-med student at the University of Kansas, understands why people were upset about losing out on their $2,000 perks. But she’s seen the chaos of the meet-and-greets and wants people to cut Bieber some slack.
She’s been a Bieber fan since 2009 and has seen every one of his tours. She can’t afford the “Purpose” tour because of her limited college-student budget.
She met Bieber during a “Believe” tour show in Miami “and it was insane the amount of people that were so quickly flashed before his face,” said Fairbank.
“Add the fact that he is an introvert and I completely understand how mentally draining that must be. Especially when some fans worship him and have such high expectations, if he doesn’t meet those standards for them then they are disappointed.
“People will offer sympathy when others are sick or have a broken bone, but for some reason when mental health comes into question, they want to turn their heads.”
Fans shared concerns over Bieber’s current emotional state during one of his performances at L.A.’s Staples Center that was described by some as erratic. (Tabloid reports suggested he was upset with on-again-of-again girlfriend Gomez.)
Fans at the show tweeted that it looked like Bieber had a panic attack on stage — lying on the stage without singing, running off stage several times.
As word spread, worried Beliebers debated whether he should cancel the entire tour. The hashtag #CancelPurposeTour popped up on Twitter.
The show goes on, however. Bieber reportedly saves his quadruple-platinum smash, “Sorry,” for the big encore.
But to true fans, being Justin Bieber means never having to say you’re sorry.