(Adds Bieber source, Portuguese media)
LONDON, March 11 Canadian singer Justin Bieber
has cancelled one of two planned concerts in Portugal this week,
the venue in Lisbon said on its website on Monday.
A source close to the singer, who spoke on condition of
anonymity, said the cancellation was not linked to Bieber's
collapse on-stage in London last week, which forced the teen
sensation to take a 20-minute break for oxygen and later to
visit a hospital.
"Due to unforeseen circumstances, Justin Bieber was forced
to cancel the second performance in Portugal, March 12," a
statement said on the website of the Pavilhao Atlantico.
"The Canadian singer is eager to play for the Portuguese
fans on March 11," it added. Ticket holders for the cancelled
gig were entitled to a refund if they claimed it within a month.
The Bieber source did not give a reason for the
cancellation, but local media in Portugal reported that tickets
sales for the March 12 gig, which was added to his itinerary in
February, were lower than organisers had hoped.
Bieber described his visit to London as a "rough week".
As well as the collapse, the 19-year-old was caught on film
in an expletive-filled altercation with a photographer, showed
up nearly two hours late for a show leading to widespread anger
and was labelled a "pop brat" by a leading tabloid.
Discovered on YouTube in 2008, Bieber has built an online
following of tens of millions of fans and is one of the pop
world's biggest stars. In February, he became the youngest
artist to land five chart-topping albums in the key U.S. market.
(Reporting by Mike Collett-White; Additional reporting by
Andrei Khalip in Lisbon; Editing by Jon Hemming)