All’s not well in the kingdom of Justin Bieber, with the pop star storming off stage during a concert in England after fans refused to listen to him talking between songs.
The 22-year-old was performing to a packed out audience at the Manchester Arena on Sunday night, marking the last of three concerts in the city as part of his Purpose World Tour.
Things turned awkward when the audience started booing as he tried to speak to them, and a clearly frustrated Bieber dropped his microphone and stormed off stage.
According to reports, the incident occurred at around 10pm, and he was absent from the stage for around two minutes before returning.
At that point, the Love Yourself singer attempted to explain his actions to the crowd, telling them: “I feel like I wanna connect with you. The point of the no screaming thing is that when I’m looking at you in the eyes you know that we’re actually having a moment and having a connection.
“So it’s not that I’m being an a..hole, it’s simply me just wanting to have a moment. Manchester, you guys are awesome. But then there has to be…”
Realising that his fans were still screaming, Bieber concluded: “I’m just going to quit the talking alright. I’m not going to talk the rest of the night. We’re just going to do the music. Obviously Manchester just can’t handle it so let’s do the music.”
He didn’t speak for the rest of the concert, concentrating entirely on his musical performances.
Some fans accused those in the crowd of disrespect, but others had a laugh at the singer’s expense.
Bieber fans in Manchester tonight “Booing” Justin Bieber. I mean, he told you all to be quiet, so he could talk? Give the guy a break
— lordlundergan? (@JoeLundergan) October 24, 2016
Justin Bieber throwing a paddy onstage in Manchester LMAO just cause an ARENA of 22,000 people won’t be silent, he’s a joke
— Eleanor♡ (@KatysPrismLight) October 23, 2016
The controversy on Sunday came just days after Bieber once again hit headlines when he asked the crowd at his concert in the city on Thursday night to stop talking.
Before performing his penultimate song of the evening, Bieber told his screaming fans that he had called his tour the Purpose World Tour “because everyone in here has a purpose”, but stopped when he realised the audience were chatting and not listening to him.
“I just thought I could have a moment to say something. I can cut the bulls… if you want,” he said at that point. “I’m trying to engage but if you guys don’t want to I’ll play the music.”
According to the Manchester Evening News, Bieber’s face “twitched with annoyance” as he made the request.
But, once again, his remarks didn’t go down very well with the crowd, who quickly started booing.