Justin Bieber was visibly frustrated at the Manchester stop of his Purpose World Tour Sunday night when, yet again, the audience was screaming while he tried to speak. They booed him. They cheered when he said he'd just stop talking. He stormed off the stage. A similar thing happened days before in Birmingham but this time, Bieber spoke at length multiple times throughout the concert about why he was so upset.
"I appreciate the support, I appreciate the kind things...but the screaming during these breaks has GOT to stop, please and thank you," Bieber said during a break. Fans started booing. "I don't think that's necessary. I want to be able to say something, when you guys are screaming it's hard to..." he trailed off before dropping his microphone and walking off stage.
"If you wanna take this moment and...I just thought we could have a moment to say something. But if not, I'll just get to singing if you don't want to hear me speak. I don't mind cutting the bullshit because I don't need to talk. I'm just trying to engage. But, if you guys don't want to do that we can just play the music," he said, before performing "Purpose."
He addressed his fans again, trying to say he merely wanted to "connect," but then gave up halfway through his explanation seemingly at a loss for words. Fans started cheering when he said he'd stop talking.
"I'm not quite sure why you guys came tonight. Hopefully it was to enjoy my company as well as invite me enjoying your company. I feel like I want to connect, you know? My point of the no screaming thing is when I'm looking you in the eyes, you can actually know that we're having a moment, having a connection right? So it's not me trying to be an asshole, it's simply me wanting to have a moment. Manchester, you guys are awesome. I appreciate you. But then there has to be all these, I just...I'm just going to quit talking, alright? I'm just not going to talk the rest of the night. We're just going to do the music...because obviously Manchester can't handle it. So we're just going to do the music."
At the end of the show, before performing "Baby," Bieber tried to explain himself again.
The only reason why I was getting upset was because I traveled across the whole world to come here. I don't just have a quick flight, come in and out, I dedicated my life to this. I dedicated my life to performing. I dedicated my life to try to bring smiles to these faces and I feel like people are just not giving me the same respect back is all, it hurts a little bit. So that's why. I appreciate you guys coming out.
His attitude throughout the show left fans divided–some thought ego got the best of him and he was being rude, while others thought fans were being rude for booing him while he tried to speak.
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