Justin Bieber delighted fans at Beijing’s Mastercard Center by going shirtless during his Believe tour concert on Sunday.
The ripped 19-year-old showed off his toned torso during his reportedly dynamic set in the 18,000 capacity venue.
After performing much loved hits such as “Somebody To Love,” “One Time”, “Eenie Meenie,” and “One Less Lonely Girl,” Justin thrilled the crowd when he removed his black studded leather jacket.
Photos of the teen star in black leather drawstring pants, one red, fingerless glove — possibly a homage to his hero the late Michael Jackson — and black high-tops, working up a sweat onstage with back-up dancers perhaps shows why he prefers to go shirtless for performances at least.
Currently on the Asia leg of his mammoth tour, playing his first show at Singapore’s Formula One Grand Prix, like millions of tourists before him Bieber visited the Great Wall of China.
Earlier today the heartthrob posted an Instagram along with the caption “Wow blessed,” depicting a mountainous view from the wall, which totals 21,196 km and stretches along the east-to-west line of China’s historical borders.
In snaps of the excursion, Justin can be seen walking around the ancient fortification with his security team and crew. In others, he can be seen being carried by his bodyguards.
Bieber energetically performing in Beijing, China on September 29.
Back stateside, fellow ex-child star Miley Cyrus criticized Bieber’s habitual yet harmless shirtlessness in a recent Rolling Stone Interview, while appearing topless on its cover.
Without irony — noting the songstress’ interpretation of the term triple threat as an opportunity to flaunt her bottom, breasts and genital area simultaneously while twerking with Robin Thicke at last month’s VMAs — the 20-year-old declared she was Bieber’s mentor, adding:
“He’s trying really hard. People don’t take him seriously, but he really can play the drums, he really can play guitar, he really can sing. I just don’t want to see him f**k that up, to where people think he’s Vanilla Ice. I tell him that. Like, ‘You don’t want to become a joke. When you go out, don’t start s**t. Don’t come in shirtless.'”
In the same interview, the newly single Cyrus also expressed her admiration for Kanye West, last seen ranting on Twitter over a fairly innocuous Jimmy Kimmel parody of his divisive interview with Zane Lowe for the UK’s Radio 1.
Cyrus gives the Brooklyn Center audience an interesting view at MTV’s Video Music Awards 2013.
Following her incendiary magazine profile, the “We Can’t Stop” star subsequently reached out to Bieber, tweeting:
“Always have ALWAYS will root for @justinbieber he always has and ALWAYS will be the s[**]t. #onlylamestwistwords.”
In the same interview, Cyrus, laughably called a “very serious artist” by one outlet, praised certain drugs, while also revealing her own usage.
“I think weed is the best drug on earth,” she told the mag. “One time I smoked a joint with peyote in it, and I saw a wolf howling at the moon. Hollywood is a coke town, but weed is so much better. And molly, too.”
While her Vanilla Ice comparison likely wasn’t welcomed by Bieber, the rapper himself is delighted with his name-check despite the negative context. Taking to Twitter last Wednesday, the 45-year-old tweeted a snap of himself with Cyrus’ name drawn or tattooed on the soles of his feet.
— Vanilla Ice (@vanillaice) September 25, 2013
The ex-rapper, formal name Robert Matthew Van Winkle, told TMZ he was pleased about Cyrus’ mention before referring to Bieber, saying:
“It’s like living an artificial life. When the dust settles, no-one can figure it out or help you but yourself.”
Incidentally, the former star told TMZ in a follow-up live interview that he also thought Miley could benefit from listening to his postcards-from-the-edge advice.
Bieber and his crew pose at the Great Wall of China.
(4) Justin being carried by his bodyguards up the Great Wall of China today in Beijing, China (September 30th, 2013) pic.twitter.com/uaDsXLD8li
— BelieveTourUpdates™ (@BelieveTUpdates) September 30, 2013
Meanwhile Justin, who recently impressed many with his more self-aware appearance as a straight man cum whipping boy with Hangover star Zach Galifianakis in his Between Two Ferns web series, is next scheduled to perform at the Dalian Arena in Dalian, China on October 2.
Following one more concert in China, the pop prince will then perform in Japan and Korea before kicking off the Latin America leg of his grueling 15-month trek.