Controversial pop star Justin Bieber isn’t too “Sorry” for telling concertgoers to keep their voices down during his recent Purpose World Tour shows.
Following stops in Birmingham and Manchester, England recently, where the 22-year-old seemed to throw fits on stage over audiences’ refusal to let him speak without interruption, Bieber took to Twitter to properly explain himself in a now-deleted diatribe.
“People tend to want to shut you down,” he expressed, as noted by E! Online. “What I mean by that is, people try to twist things, some people don’t want to listen. But I simply feel like, if I didn’t use this platform to say how I truly feel, and if I didn’t use this platform to be the man that I know I am, and speak from what’s in my heart, then I’m doing myself injustice, and I’m not doing anybody in this audience any justice.”
“There’s going to be times where I say the wrong thing,” he continued, “because I’m human. But I don’t pretend to be perfect and I hope to God that, you know, I don’t say the right thing all the time because if that was the case then I’d be a robot, and I’m just, I’m not a robot.”
“There [are] times when I get upset, times when I get angry, times when I’m going to be frustrated. But I’m always going to be myself on this stage.”
Bieber’s explanatory note comes days after two videos taken from separate Purpose excursion performances made their way to the internet. In the first, which was also reported on by E! Online, the “What Do You Mean?” singer is seen trying to have a meaningful chat between songs with audience members who attended his show in Manchester. Unfortunately for him, however, the excited crowd couldn’t stop cheering long enough for him to have a say.
“Try and stay as quiet as possible,” he said. “You can scream as much as you want afterwards, but while I’m singing, try and stay quiet.”
When they refused, Bieber got a bit brutal and departed the stage. He eventually returned, along with a bit of an attitude.
“I don’t mind cutting the bulls**t, because I don’t need to talk,” he spewed into the microphone. “I’m just trying to engage, but if you guys don’t want to do that then we can just play the music.”
Days before that, dedicated Beliebers at his performance in Birmingham, the most populous city in London, received a similar request from the performer.
“Can you guys do me a favor? Can you guys just relax for like two seconds,” he openly queried. “I get it, I get it, but I’m like two feet away from you and I can hear you. I appreciate it. I appreciate all the love, it’s amazing. But can you show it in a different way? Just try to show you love me in a different way. Screaming is just so obnoxious.”
He then tried to immediately backtrack following some audible booing.
“I get it, it’s been in our blood and it’s ingrained,” Bieber remarked. “[I mean], you go to a concert and you scream and stuff, but if you could just scream after the song, enjoy the song, scream, it’s awesome, it’s fun and then take a chill pill for a second and listen to me speak. I don’t feel like I’m being heard sometimes and it gets a little frustrating. When I’m speaking, I ask you not scream at the top of your lungs? Is that cool with you guys?”
After that show, several of those who attended the Purpose show took to Twitter to relay that Bieber came across as being “rude.”
Justin’s Purpose World Tour is set to conclude in Costa Rica next April. His next stop will see him performing back-to-back dates in Ireland’s 3Arena on November 1 and 2.
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