Justin Bieber’s surprise acoustic concert for Kate O’Neill, an Australian car crash survivor and fan, has been made into a short documentary by Vevo who hosted the event earlier this month.
The Canadian singer performed an acoustic show for 19-year-old Kate, her pals, and family, after he was made aware of her through a Twitter campaign organized by O’Neill’s friends and contacts at Believe tour “Meet and Greets.”
Kate spent thousands to see all of Bieber’s tour concerts in Australia. However, just weeks before the singer arrived Down Under, she was badly injured while traveling as a passenger in a car that crashed into a tree at 100 km/h.
O’Neill suffered four broken ribs, fractured her spine in three places, lacerations to her kidney and liver, and internal bleeding.
It was previously reported Kate was kept conscious while she waited for ambulance paramedics on the night of the accident by a friend talking to her about her idol.
The young girl credits Bieber as her inspiration in her ongoing recovery in a Melbourne hospital.
Bieber’s team kept plans for the Vevo concert under wraps until December 4, when Justin tweeted Kate and the unplugged surprise came together.
In the documentary, O’Neill talks about the fundraising the Melbourne Bieber Team fan club does for Justin’s favorite charities and her excitement when she found out she was to meet the pop star.
Excerpts from the acoustic show with a visibly emotional Kate in the audience are also seen. Justin made her his “One Less Lonely Girl,” serenading her amid an intimate-styled stage setting.
Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun also appears in the film. He recalled how “moved” the singer was when he was told about Kate’s ordeal.
“What was impressive wasn’t necessarily that they [O'Neill's pals and fans] were asking us to help her,” Braun said, recalling the social media campaign. “It was that they were saying how much she deserves it and how much she’s done for others.”
Crew members from the now wrapped Believe tour and Dan Kanter, musical director and guitarist, also pop up in the clip. They note how keen they and Bieber were to meet Kate and do something special for her.
On Friday, Bieber tweeted a link to Vevo’s documentary, writing, “This is what it is all about. Happy holidays. You all made this happen. Love.”
The singer is thought to be Canada following his appearance at the Los Angeles premiere for the Believe concert-movie this past week.
Following Justin’s talk of retiring during a radio interview (seconds later he told the show’s host he was “messing around”), Braun set the record straight with Access Hollywood.
“This is the fun thing about these Vines people post: they’re only a certain amount of time, so they cut off before the rest of the statement when he says ‘just kidding,’” he explained.
Braun continued: “He hasn’t taken time off since he was 12… he knows he wants it, and wants to spend time with this family. His younger brother and sister are starting to grow up and he doesn’t want to miss their childhood. I think for his wellbeing at 19, 20 years old, [it's good for him] to take time for himself, to figure out who he wants to be.”
Justin Bieber’s Believe debuts in the US on Christmas Day. His Complete My Journals collection is released on iTunes on December 23.