Performing in Trondeheim, Norway, on Sunday (August 7), the Canadian crooner, 28, told the screaming crowd, “So when we created the Justice album, we wanted to make an intentional moment. A moment of unity, a moment of acceptance, a moment of belonging. In this world, there’s a lot of division, and what justice is, is for us to all come together.”
“We know that racism is evil,” he continued. “It’s wrong. But you and I, we get to be the difference-makers. We get to be the ones to stand with our brothers and sisters and make a change. So I’m so grateful to have each and every one of you guys here tonight being a part of this message, being a part of this journey.”
Bieber apologized to fans after announcing his hiatus from touring due to the paralysis on one side of his face, noting that it was “pretty serious” and that he’d need to work on facial exercises to get back to normal.
“I wish this wasn’t the case but obviously my body is telling me I gotta slow down,” he said in June. “I hope you guys understand, and I’m using this time to just rest and relax and get back to 100% so I can do what I was born to do. But in the meantime, this ain’t it.”
His wife, model Hailey Bieber, shared in a June interview on Live With Kelly and Ryan that their relationship was strengthened due to the hardship. “It really brings us close,” Hailey said. “I’ll take that away from everything.”