Tardy For The Party
Justin Bieber receives fan backlash after a two-hour delay during his London concert.
Following his birthday fiasco and criticisms from fellow celebs, Biebs alienated his British fans after opening his sold-out concert nearly two hours late at London's O2 Arena on Monday night. (via The Hollywood Reporter)
The 19-year-old pop star was booed by thousands of Beliebers — and eventually heckled on Twitter for his "disgusting behaviour" — as they waited for the show to start. But the anticipation got the best of the crowd, with many parents and their children choosing to leave before Bieber took the stage at 10:20 PM London time — clocking in at almost 25 minutes near the expected end of his performance.
The "Believe" singer was expected to start at 8:30 PM, but his opening acts Carly Rae Jepsen and Cody Simpson didn't hit the stage until 8:50 PM.
"They were playing Michael Jackson song, after song, after song - it was so annoying," a fan told the BBC, adding, "Everyone was on edge and as more time passed, everyone was getting more worried and booing."
As unhappy fans vented their frustrations throughout the night, one parent took to Twitter to explain he spent $605 (£400) for three tickets, but had to leave abruptly just so his family could catch the last train home. "Disgusting!! Waste of my time and money... never again." he shared.
Leading up to the show, Bieber tweeted to his followers, saying he could "hear u all out there," but gave no reason for the show's delay. He also seemed to be in a good mood, keeping a positive attitude, despite the rants from the aggravated crowd. "In a good mood. Got my friends and team with me here and ready for Day 1 at the O2. London get ready!
"i never have any intent to upset or let anyone down. and Im not okay with things being exaggerated. once again sorry for anyone upset," he wrote in a series of tweets. "now we have a show to do today and Im gonna focus on the positive and put on a great show tonight here in London."
Once the show got started, The O2 Area apologized for the late start via Twitter. "Justin Bieber is now on stage and apologizes for the lateness of his show," a rep wrote. On Tuesday morning, venue representatives discussed with a disgruntled fan about "exploring all available options to ensure this doesn't happen again."
Bieber, who kicked off his U.K. tour on Feb. 22, is scheduled for three more gigs at the O2 arena, one of London's most popular music venues, with shows on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
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