Justin Bieber Cancels 'Draining' Fan Meet-and-Greet Sessions

Justin Bieber on Purpose tour
Justin Bieber performs on stage during opening night of the 'Purpose World Tour' in Seattle, Washington, March 9, 2016. The star has canceled future meet and greet sessions because they leave him "unhappy." Mat Hayward/Getty Images

In a length Instagram post, Justin Bieber announced he will no longer take part in meet-and-greet sessions with fans during his Purpose world tour, saying they leave him "drained."

"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," Bieber wrote. "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."

The 22-year-old star concluded with an apology, and said he hoped to make it up to fans who had purchased expensive VIP meet-and-greet packages by giving them the "best show you have ever seen."

Purpose organizers said Beiber's fan essions were canceled due to a "security incident" at one of his shows and are offering refunds or an alternative VIP party to those who paid a hefty $925 to meet the pop singer.

Some were quick to criticize the "Sorry" singer for his about-face, branding him a diva for refusing to meet fans. But British celebrity PR guru Nick Ede says Bieber's admission is brave.

"He is on a world tour that is taking in nearly 100 dates," Ede says. "That is a strain to anyone. I think his admission that he doesn't want to do meet and greets is actually refreshing."

It's unclear whether Bieber's decision will impact meet-and-greet sessions involving seriously ill fans, including those organized by the Make-a-Wish Foundation. As of last year, Bieber had been involved in more than 250 wishes. A Make-a-Wish spokesperson said the organization couldn't comment until it had spoken with Bieber's management team.