Selena Gomez Cancels Tour of Asia and Australia to ‘Spend Some Time on Myself’

9:41 AM PST 12/20/2013 by Lars Brandle, Billboard
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Selena Gomez performing at L.A.'s Staples Center

The pop star nixed 13 concerts in the region, which were slated to begin in mid-January.

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Selena Gomez has canceled her upcoming tour of Asia and Australia using an excuse rarely heard at the top level: She needs some “me” time.

Gomez's reps announced last month that her international Stars Dance tour would swing Down Under and through Asia in the new year, including dates in Japan, China, Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines.

The singer and actress was booked to play 13 shows in the region, starting in mid-January. A five-city tour of Australia – her first – was to start Feb. 1 at Perth Arena. The trek was then expected to head east for dates at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre (Feb. 4), Brisbane Convention Centre (Feb. 6) and Sydney Entertainment Centre (Feb. 7) before wrapping Feb. 8 at the 15,000-capacity Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne.

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The entire slate of Stars Dance shows in Japan, Southeast Asia and Australia were nixed Friday.

“My fans are so important to me and I would never want to disappoint them,” comments Gomez in a statement issued by promoter Live Nation. “But it has become clear to me and those close to me that after many years of putting my work first, I need to spend some time on myself in order to be the best person I can be. To my fans, I sincerely apologize and I hope you guys know how much each and every one of you mean to me."

The former Disney star celebrated her 21st birthday in July with her first No. 1 on the Billboard 200, with "Stars Dance."

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