HALIFAX – The promoter of four Chris Brown concerts in Canada scheduled for this summer says the events have been cancelled, citing the R&B star’s personal and health problems.
“After ongoing conversation and consultation with this year’s headline act Chris Brown, and in light of the performer’s recent personal and health-related issues, a decision has been made to cancel all four scheduled performances,” said Stephen Tobin, owner of Drop Entertainment Group, in a statement posted on the company’s website.
“In the absence of a festival headliner, we cannot proceed.”
Brown’s publicist, Nicole Perna, said the Grammy Award-winning performer regrets that he won’t be able to perform.
“Chris appreciates the support of his many thousands of fans north of the border,” Perna said in the statement. “He is going to use this time to focus on himself and on the release of his upcoming album. Chris looks forward to performing in Canada very soon.”
Brown was scheduled to perform in Halifax, Saint John, N.B., Toronto and Winnipeg.
Halifax Mayor Mike Savage spoke out against Brown’s performance in his city when it was announced, saying he was disappointed he had been invited because he doesn’t think the performer is a good role model.
On Friday, the R&B star had his probation reinstated and was sentenced to 1,000 hours of community labour after he was involved in an alleged hit-and-run accident. The hit-and-run charge was dismissed earlier, but he agreed to a deal worked out in the chambers of a Los Angeles judge.
Brown also suffered a seizure on Aug. 9. At the time, Perna said Brown’s doctor attributed the episode to “intense fatigue and extreme emotional stress, both due to the continued onslaught of unfounded legal matters and the non-stop negativity.”
Brown has been dealing with a series of legal problems since 2009, when he was arrested for assaulting then-girlfriend Rihanna and was first placed on probation.
He has had subsequent run-ins with the law since then, for assault and traffic accidents.