Sad news for Drake fans who were ready to take the ultimate selfie and have one dance with the rapper after his concert this summer—it’s not happening.
E! News has learned that Drizzy decided to cancel all of his fan VIP packages (some of which included a meet and greet and photo opportunity with the star) for the Summer Sixteen tour. And while many may be quick to assume that Drake’s decision is for security purposes, we’re told that’s not the case at all.
“This has nothing to do with Drake being concerned about security or anything like that. The honest answer is that these meet and greets are tiring and stressful for artists. To do a full show every single night, then spend an hour and a half with very energetic people trying to touch you, talk to you, it’s tiring,” a source close to the situation tells E! News.
“A lot of artists are doing this lately and frankly, it comes down to the money and wanting to put on a good show. In this case, Drake is selling out shows world-wide so it’s not like he needs the money from the VIP packs,” the insider continues. “He’d rather feel good during his tour so he can give the best show he can every night for his fans instead of stress and over work or worry about how to make it through the whole tour.”
According to Ticketmaster, the VIP packages (which are reportedly valued at up to $1000) promised a seat in the first five rows and a variety of merchandise, as well as meet and greets and photo ops with Drake and Future, who is also on the tour.
Similarly, Justin Bieber recently spoke out about his decision to cancel fan photos and meet and greets. In March, shortly after kicking off his world tour, Bieber made the unfortunate announcement on Instagram, telling fans that while he enjoys meeting people, he ends up “feeling so drained and filled with so much of other people’s spiritual energy that I end up so drained and unhappy.”
He later wrote, “The pressure of meeting peoples’ expectations of what I’m supposed to be is so much for me to handle and a lot on my shoulders. Never want to disappoint but I feel I would rather give you guys the show and my albums as promised. Can’t tell you how sorry I am, and wish it wasn’t so hard on me…And I want to stay in the healthy mindset I’m in to give you the best show you have ever seen.”