Justin Bieber breaks silence on tour cancelation in letter to fans: 'I want my career to be sustainable'

Is it too late for Justin Bieber to say he's sorry? Not according to a lengthy note the singer wrote to fans on Wednesday night (Aug. 2), in which he attempted to explain why he unexpectedly pulled the plug on the final 14 dates on his global Purpose World Tour.

"Learning and growing hasn't always been easy but knowing I'm not alone has kept me going," he wrote in the letter. "I want you all to know this tour has been unbelievable and has taught me so much about myself... I am reminded of how blessed I am to have a voice in this world. I've learned the more you appreciate your calling the more you want to protect your calling."

Crucially, Bieber alluded to why he canceled the dates, though he didn't give a specific reason. "Me taking this time right now is me saying I want to be SUSTAINABLE... I want my career to be sustainable, but I also want my mind heart and soul to be sustainable."

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CHARLOTTE, NC - AUGUST 08: Musician Justin Bieber speaks to Wesley Bryan of the United States during a practice round prior to the 2017 PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club on August 8, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - AUGUST 08: Musician Justin Bieber speaks to Wesley Bryan and Kevin Na of the United States during a practice round prior to the 2017 PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club on August 8, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - AUGUST 08: Musician Justin Bieber looks on with Bubba Watson of the United States during a practice round prior to the 2017 PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club on August 8, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - AUGUST 08: Musician Justin Bieber attends a practice round prior to the 2017 PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club on August 8, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - AUGUST 08: Musician Justin Bieber attends a practice round prior to the 2017 PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club on August 8, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - AUGUST 08: Musician Justin Bieber attends a practice round prior to the 2017 PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club on August 8, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 27: Justin Bieber seen walking in SoHo on May 27, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
MUMBAI, INDIA - MAY 10: Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber performs for his purpose tour at D.Y. Patil Stadium, Nerul, on May 10, 2017 in Mumbai, India. Justin Bieber, a 23-year-old singer, was in India as part of the Asia leg of his Purpose World Tour. (Photo by Pratik Chorge/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - MARCH 29: - Canadian singer Justin Bieber's performs on stage at Apoteose Sapucai Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on March 29, 2017. More than 30 thousand people attended the show. (Photo by FABIO TEIXEIRA/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - MARCH 29: - Canadian singer Justin Bieber's performs on stage at Apoteose Sapucai Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on March 29, 2017. More than 30 thousand people attended the show. (Photo by FABIO TEIXEIRA/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
MARCH 15, 2017: SYDNEY, NSW - (EUROPE AND AUSTRALASIA OUT) Singer Justin Bieber gets off the plane at Sydney Airport, ahead of his concert, in Sydney, New South Wales. (Photo by Adam Taylor/Newspix/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Justin Bieber is seen on February 26, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by gotpap/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 10: songwriter Poo Bear, singer-songwriter Justin Beiber, and Ashley Boyd pose for portrait at Poo Bear GRAMMY Party at Serafina Sunset on February 10, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 28: Entertainer Justin Bieber (6) on the ice during a Celebrity Shootout hockey game played before the All-Star Skills Competition held on January 28, 2017 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by John Cordes/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 28: Entertainer Justin Bieber (6) on the ice with his celebrity teammates after a Celebrity Shootout hockey game played before the All-Star Skills Competition held on January 28, 2017 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by John Cordes/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 13: Justin Bieber is seen in a store on December 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Michael King/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 09: Justin Bieber performs onstage during Z100's Jingle Ball 2016 at Madison Square Garden on December 9, 2016 in New York, New York. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for iHeart)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 09: Justin Bieber performs during the 2016 Z100 Jingle Ball at Madison Square Garden on December 9, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
SAN JOSE, CA - DECEMBER 03: Justin Bieber performs at the NOW 99.7 Triple Ho Show 7.0 at SAP Center on December 3, 2016 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Steve Jennings/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 02: Singer Justin Bieber performs onstage during 102.7 KIIS FM's Jingle Ball 2016 presented by Capital One at Staples Center on December 2, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 28: Justin Bieber at Tape night club on November 28, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Milan/GC Images)
LISBON, POTRUGAL - NOVEMBER 26: Justin Bieber performs during his concert at the MEO Arena in Lisbon, Portugal on November 26, 2016. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
BOLOGNA, ITALY - NOVEMBER 19: Justin Bieber performs the concert of his 'The Purpose Tour' at Unipol Arena on November 19, 2016 in Bologna, Italy. (Photo by Roberto Serra - Iguana Press/Redferns)
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After 150 dates around the world, Bieber, 23, put the brakes on the tour on July 24, with promoter AEG Presents explaining, "Due to unforeseen circumstances, Justin Bieber will cancel the remainder of the Purpose World Tour concerts. Justin loves his fans and hates to disappoint them. He thanks his fans for the incredible experience of the Purpose World Tour over last 18 months. He is grateful and honored to have shared that experience with his cast and crew for over 150 successful shows across 6 continents during this run. However, after careful consideration he has decided he will not be performing any further dates."

The move set off rampant speculation about why Bieber would call an end to the wildly successful outing, which was winding down with mostly stadium dates slated to feature opening sets from Vic Mensa, Migos and Martin Garrix. In April, Billboard reported that the tour was nearing $200 million in earnings.

Though the "unforeseen circumstances" have not been explained to date, manager Scooter Braun said in an Instagram post that Bieber's "soul and wellbeing" had to come first.

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