US singer Chris Brown has been forced to postpone his UK tour after being denied a visa to enter the country. Home Office refused his application on the grounds of him being guilty of a serious criminal offence, reports the BBC. Following his assault on ex-girlfriend and pop superstar Rihanna last February, Brown received five years probation and six months of community service…
The 21-year-old singer was set to begin his UK tour tonight in Glasgow. Two further dates in London, Birmingham and Manchester had also been planned, along with a concert Cork, the Irish Republic which has now been scrapped. Tour promoters SJM confirmed the cancellations, stating the tour had been put on hold “due to unforeseen circumstances.” They stayed optimistic, advising ticket holders to keep their passes, as there would be “possible re-arranged dates”.
Brown’s record label Sony Music also confirmed the news. Saying in a statement the singer’s tour had been postponed “due to issues surrounding his work visa.” They added, “Chris looks forward to performing for his fans abroad in the near future and thanks them for their continued support.”
Following the news, Home Office released a statement saying, “We reserve the right to refuse entry to the UK to anyone guilty of a serious criminal offence. Public safety is one of our primary concerns. Each application to enter the UK is considered on its individual merits.”
With the UK standing firm on the Chris Brown domestic violence saga, it’s highly likely other European countries may do the same.