In a statement posted on their website this week, the bureau wrote, “Justin Bieber is a gifted singer, but he is also a controversial young foreign singer. As far as we are concerned, he has engaged in a series of bad behaviors, both in his social life and during a previous performance in China, which caused discontent among the public.”
The statement continued, “In order to maintain order in the Chinese market and purify the Chinese performance environment, it is not suitable to bring in badly behaved entertainers. We hope that as Justin Bieber matures, he can continue to improve his own words and actions, and truly become a singer beloved by the public."
The bureau did not list any specific instances that caused Bieber to be on their banned list. But any Bieber fan knows his history—he once was charged for driving under the influence, caught drag racing his yellow Lamborghini, and pissing in a mop bucket just to name a few problematic instances.
Bieber’s Purpose World Tour is set to hit Tokyo, Santa Maria, Philippines, Singapore, Jakarta, and Indonesia. He has a concert scheduled in Hong Kong on Sept. 27, but no shows are planned in mainland China.
In 2013, Bieber previously toured China and performed in cities such as Beijing, Dalian, and Shanghai.
That said, Bieber isn’t the first Western entertainer to banned from China. Over the years, Bon Jovi, Maroon 5, Oasis, Miley Cyrus, Jay Z, and Björk have had shows canceled before.