Chris Brown says he has been refused entry into Canada, causing him to cancel some of his upcoming concerts.
The mega star was scheduled to perform at the Bell Centre in Montreal and the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. No reason was given as to why he was denied. However, it is widely believed that his sketchy past contributed to the travel ban. A Canadian government spokesperson said that there are several factors that are used in determining admissibility but would not give specifics in this case.
Brown recently spent three months in jail on a probation violation for his involvement in an altercation outside a Washington D.C. hotel. His probation stemmed from an attack on former girlfriend, Rihanna, just before the 2009 Grammy awards. However, Brown has promised his Canadian fans that he will be back this summer and hopes to have a chance to perform for them.
It is not the first time that he is facing this kind of an ordeal either. Back in 2010 he was in a similar situation when United Kingdom denied him entry, forcing the cancellation of four shows. The UK government officials cited his past criminal record.
Brown won the Grammy’s Best R&B Album Award in 2012 for F.A.M.E.