Tuesday 6 December 2016

'It’s not that I’m being an a*sh**e' - Justin Bieber storms off stage as fans boo him

Published 24/10/2016 | 08:49

Justin Bieber on stage. Photo: CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT/AFP/Getty Images
Justin Bieber on stage. Photo: CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT/AFP/Getty Images
Canadian singer Justin Bieber performs on stage at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris on September 20, 2016. / AFP / CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT /Getty Images

Justin Bieber stormed off stage during his concert in Manchester, England, on Sunday night when the audience failed to listen to his talking between songs.

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The 22-year-old singer was performing to a packed out audience at the Manchester Arena, marking the last of three concerts in the city as part of his Purpose World Tour.

Things turned awkward when the audience started booing as he tried to speak to them, and a clearly frustrated Justin dropped his microphone and stormed off stage.

According to reports, the incident occurred at around 10pm, and Justin was absent from the stage for around two minutes before returning.

At that point, the Love Yourself singer attempted to explain his actions to the crowd, telling them: "I feel like I wanna connect with you. The point of the no screaming thing is that when I’m looking at you in the eyes you know that we’re actually having a moment and having a connection.

“So it’s not that I’m being an a*sh**e it simply me just wanting to have a moment. Manchester you guys are awesome. But then there has to be ..."

Canadian singer Justin Bieber performs on stage at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris on September 20, 2016. / AFP / CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT /Getty Images
Canadian singer Justin Bieber performs on stage at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris on September 20, 2016. / AFP / CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT /Getty Images

Realising that his fans were still screaming, Justin concluded: "I’m just going to quit the talking alright. I’m not going to talk the rest of the night.

"We’re just going to do the music. Obviously Manchester just can’t handle it so let’s do the music."

Several fans took to social media to confirm that Justin didn’t speak for the rest of the concert, concentrating entirely on his musical performances.

The controversy on Sunday came just days after Justin once again hit headlines when he asked the crowd at his concert in the city on Thursday night to stop talking.

Before performing his penultimate song of the evening, Justin told his screaming fans that he had called his tour the Purpose World Tour "because everyone in here has a purpose", but stopped when he realised the audience were chatting and not listening to him.

"I just thought I could have a moment to say something. I can cut the bulls**t if you want," he said at that point. "I’m trying to engage but if you guys don’t want to I’ll play the music."

According to the Manchester Evening News, Justin's face "twitched with annoyance" as he made the request.

But, once again, his remarks didn't go down very well with the crowd, who quickly started booing.

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