*Fans of Chris Brown in Australia and New Zealand won’t be able to see him live this year after both governments refused to grant him visas due to his 2009 domestic violence conviction against Rihanna.
A statement issued by Breezy’s promoters confirmed the cancellation of the two tour legs, according to Reuters, but did not give a reason.
Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said in September that his office intended to refuse Brown a visa over his history of domestic violence. There was then a 28-day window for him to appeal.
The singer at one point said he wanted to teach Australian kids about the perils of domestic violence if he was allowed entry. “I would be more than grateful to come to Australia to raise awareness about domestic violence,” Brown wrote Sept. 29, adding that he’s “not the pink elephant in the room anymore.
“My life mistakes should be a wake up call for everyone. Showing the world that mistakes don’t define you. Trying to prevent spousal abuse,” he continued.
“The youth don’t listen to parents nor do they listen to PSA’s. The power that we have as entertainers can change lives,” Brown added.
Brown had been scheduled to perform shows in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane this month.