Those who hoped to see Chris Brown in concert in Toronto and Montreal this week were left bitterly disappointed.
No, not because they suddenly realised they are deeply flawed individuals with questionable tastes in music, but because the artist in question couldn’t actually get into the country.
“Unfortunately I will not be able to perform in front of sold out crowds in Montreal & Toronto,” he tweeted on Tuesday evening.
“The good people of the Canadian government wouldn’t allow me entry. I’ll be back this summer and will hopefully see all my Canadian fans!”
He has since deleted the posts and replaced them with the following:
I've given the world enough opinions. I'm not doing no more interviews unless it's about my art or music. It's nothing else anyone needs.Chris Brown (@chrisbrown) February 24, 2015
Brown was set to take to the stage at the Bell Centre in Montreal on Tuesday and the Air Canada Centre in Toronto on Wednesday.
He declined to disclose why he was barred from the border.
The singer has faced a number of criminal charges in the past.
In 2009, he was sentenced to five years’ probation for assaulting then-partner Rihanna ahead of the Grammys that year.
He was jailed for a month in April 2014 after he was expelled from a rehabilitation centre.
He pleaded guilty to an assault charge in October and had his probation revoked on 15 January by a judge in Los Angeles for failing to complete his community service requirements.
Brown's shows themselves have erred on the side of controversy lately. Five gig-goers were shot during his performance in San Francisco in January.Reuse content