Justin Bieber‘s fans have been blamed for extensive damage to an Icelandic canyon, after its appearance in his music video saw a huge rise in visitor numbers.
The Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon is set to close and undergo repairs this June, after it featured in the 2015 video for Bieber’s ‘I’ll Show You’.
According to CNN Travel, the canyon saw visitor numbers increasing by 80 percent, with the damage being attributed to a huge rise in foot traffic.
“This canyon was somewhat unknown,” Daníel Freyr Jónsson, head of the country’s environment agency, told Lonely Planet.
“The great increase in foot traffic began after Bieber came. There has been an increase of 50 percent to 80 percent between 2016, 2017 and 2018.”
The video, which boasts over 440 million views on YouTube, sees Bieber exploring the canyon and visiting waterfalls. In one shot, he is also seen bathing in a nearby stream.
Inga Hlin Palsdottir, director of the national tourism agency Visit Iceland, said: “We need to build a better infrastructure there so we can invite people all year round. We need paths that can be discovered all year round. It’s not only because of nature, it’s a safety issue.”
While Bieber remains as popular as ever, his fans won’t be expecting to hear from the singer for the foreseeable future. He announced yesterday that he’ll be taking a break from music to “repair some deep rooted issues”.
“Music is very important to me but Nothing comes before my family and my health,” he said. “I will come with a kick ass album ASAP, my swag is undeniable and my drive is indescribable.”
Bieber last released an album in 2015’s ‘Purpose’. In January, his manager, Scooter Braun, teased that the follow-up – and the pop star’s fifth album – would arrive in 2019.