Justin Bieber has been on the road for almost a year. Hot on the heels of accusations of “phoning” in his performance and lip-syncing at his Wednesday concert at Newark, N.J., concerns that he is exhausted were raised after his Brooklyn show last night.
In an effort perhaps to head off more criticism, the 19-year-old took to Twitter after his show and was honest about the fact that he hadn’t been at his best.
“Was tired today but Brooklyn helped me with the energy,” he admitted, adding, “Great show. I love New York! Thanks.”
It’s been a busy few days for the teen singer.
Spotted at various NYC nightclubs — those he was admitted to — Bieber also paid late night visits to the famous Bang Bang tattoo parlor where he topped up his inkings and was seen at a tanning center and recording studio this past week.
In addition, he put in the hours signing autographs and posing for pictures with the fans who trailed him around the city and waited outside the Langham Place hotel where he stayed.
Throw in the “Meet & Greets” scheduled before each of the three shows he played this week, and controversies such as a tour bus drug bust and dubious accusations that he spat on fans, and it’s perhaps little wonder Bieber’s battery is low.
Some of the fans who attended last night’s Barclays Center show expressed their concerns about Justin during and after the show, during which he forgot some of the words to the song “Catching Feelings.”
JUSTIN SOUNDS SO HIGH, DID HE LOSE HIS VOICE?
— HE WINKED AT ME (@BelieveAcoustic) August 3, 2013
Justin was in a good mood at the M&G but was very tired at his concert. — Believe Tour Updates (@BelieveTourUPD) August 3, 2013
So many mixed tweets from people at the concert. I’m so worried about him. Justin I hope you’re okay and if you aren’t just come cuddle.
— overauhls (@theswagofjerry) August 3, 2013
I seriously hope Justin is okay. he just needs to stop performing for now
— sherry khoury (@sherry_khoury14) August 3, 2013
Footage from his first N.J. show on Tuesday showed the singer react testily when fans hurled items at the stage. After repeatedly asking them to “refrain” and even threatening to stop performing, the possibly fatigued pop star eventually shoved a thrown iPhone down his pants.
After the Brooklyn show, his manager Scooter Braun posted social media messages that seemed to acknowledge some improvement in The Associated Press’ review that Bieber was “clocking in another day, another sold-out concert,” had been necessary.
“He stepped up big time tonight,” Braun wrote.”Brooklyn was rockin for @Justin Bieber. #soldout #believetour.”
For his part, Bieber appears committed to plowing on with the rest of his still considerable itinerary. He followed up his tweet about being tired with another about his Washington D.C. Verizon Center show tonight and an encouraging message to “MyBeliebers.”
For now, it seems, the show must go on.
Was tired today but Brooklyn helped me with the energy. Great show. I love New York! Thanks
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) August 3, 2013