After a Monday concert at London’s O2 Arena that reportedly started two hours late, the 19-year-old pop star has been forced to apologize for upsetting disappointed young concertgoers and their angry parents.
In a series of tweets Tuesday, Bieber issued his mea culpa:
“Last night I was scheduled after 3 opening acts to go on stage at 9:35, not 8:30,” he said, disputing reports that he got started two hours late. “But because of some technical issues I got on at 10:10 … so … I was 40 min. late to stage,” he wrote. “There is no excuse for that and I apologize for anyone we upset. However it was [a] great show and I’m proud of that.”
The fans will likely forgive him, but their parents, some of whom paid $200 each for concert tickets, might prove a harder sell.
“There were teenage girls crying outside,” financial analyst Louise Cooper, who had taken her 9-year-old daughter to the gig as a birthday present, told The Associated Press.