Tuesday 19 September 2017

Bieber snaps at photographer

Justin Bieber is held back by a member of his security team as he confronts a photographer outside his hotel. Photo: Reuters
Justin Bieber is held back by a member of his security team as he confronts a photographer outside his hotel. Photo: Reuters

Anthony Barnes

POP superstar Justin Bieber said he was only human after he snapped and lashed out at a photographer, rounding off a "rough week".

The 19-year-old Canadian singer's latest upset came just hours after a health scare forced him to leave the stage. He burst out of a vehicle and lunged at the photographer, but was restrained by minders.

Bieber explained in a series of messages on Twitter shortly after the outburst – in which he shouted obscenities on a London street – that his adrenaline was running high and that he "let the paps get the best of me".

He had been hustled into a vehicle by his team after leaving his central London hotel, but he leapt from the van, making threatening comments.

"What did you say? What did you say?" he shouted, before swearing as his minders dragged him back into the vehicle.

After a photographer insulted Bieber, the singer, who is idolised by young fans, was heard to shout: "I'll f****** beat the f*** out of you."

A record company representative did not comment on the outburst by the teenage singer. Bieber was due to perform another show at the O2 Arena last night, rounding off a week he would probably prefer to forget. On Thursday night he quit the stage mid-song, complaining of shortness of breath and was checked over by medics. Yesterday, a representative for the singer said he was feeling "under the weather" after his health scare but was still planning to perform.

Bieber had posted a picture of himself online lying in a hospital bed shortly after the Thursday show. In a message to fans, he said he was "getting better" and trying to figure out what had happened.

It came just days after he angered and disappointed thousands of people by starting his first of four nights at London's O2 arena so late that many had to miss most of the show.

Some of his young devotees were in tears as they left to catch transport home. The following day he apologised for his tardy showing, blaming technical problems.

Irish Independent

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