Justin Bieber’s Dubai stage attacker, or someone who claimed to be, has spoken out about the shocking incident in which a male fan rushed the teen icon while he was performing onstage at the Sevens Stadium on Sunday (May 5).
In footage filmed by an audience member, the fan jumped onto the stage while Bieber was sitting at a piano singing his set closer “Believe” and grabbed the 19-year-old.
Within seconds, security tackled the stage invader to the ground and bundled him off stage.
Meanwhile, Bieber, who had quickly extricated himself from the melee, strolled over to the side of the stage and continued singing.
The hired piano, however, was another matter. Upended during the tussle, it was reportedly rendered unplayable.
So, what did the man, claiming to be the cause of all the drama, have to say for himself?
Speaking to Virgin Radio Dubai 104.4 FM disc jockey Brent Black by phone, the alleged fan’s ‘reasons’ were predictably irrational.
The fan, who was referred to throughout the call as “anonymous,” complained that media descriptions of his encounter with Bieber as an attack:
“[…] Really, really upset me because I was just trying to say hi and take a picture.”
In a somewhat rambling explanation, the man who identified himself as “a boy belieber,” added:
“When your idol come[s] to your city, you know what I mean, I was gonna, just get a chance to go on the stage and hug him and maybe take a picture.”
The man also stressed: “I didn’t mean to scare him.”
Recalling the moment when he reached the singer onstage, the fan said he told the teen star, “Justin Bieber, you are my idol.”
The man went on to say he thought the star would hug him back, then said that while he was on stage he realized, “that’s not [going to] happen.”
The brief interview finished with the fan repeatedly apologizing to Bieber and the security team that wrestled him to the ground, before reiterating his ‘boy belieber’ status.
Since the incident, Thomas Ovesen, the CEO of Done Events, who organized the Dubai shows told The National, the Abu Dhabi government owned newspaper:
“A young fan desperate to meet his idol did make his way on stage but was immediately removed and Justin professionally continued with his show. As far as we know no further action has been taken against the youth.”
Bieber’s brief Twitter statement on the stage ‘attack,’ read:
“Dubai. Nothing stops the show. 2 more to go.”
The Canadian is now en route to South Africa where he will play two stadium shows in Cape Town on May 8 and Johannesburg on May 12.