It is too late to say sorry now.
Justin Bieber is banned from performing in China for his “bad behavior,” the country revealed this week — a move it says will “purify” the local entertainment industry of his punk antics.
“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,” China’s culture bureau wrote Tuesday after a local “Belieber” asked why the pop idol wasn’t hitting China on his latest tour.
But fans should never say never, the agency added — the 23-year-old icon (inset) may be welcomed back after he does a little growing up. “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 said.
The agency didn’t specify exactly which naughty deeds got the Biebs booted — although the “Boyfriend” singer caused a stir in 2013 when he Instagrammed a snap of his bodyguards carrying him up the Great Wall of China and then skateboarded around a Beijing mall.
The incident was part of a world tour of obnoxious behavior that included abandoning his pet monkey in Germany, visiting a brothel in Brazil and peeing in a mop bucket at a New York City restaurant.
The Canadian singer also angered Chinese authorities in 2014 after he posted a photo of himself bowing reverently at a shrine honoring Japanese military leaders who were executed for war crimes in World War II.
“I hope this singer can learn more about the history of Japanese militarism,” then-Foreign Minister of China Qin Gang said at the time.