Justin Bieber Walks Off Stage After Trying To Control Loud Fans, But It’s A Lost Cause — VIDEO
When his album Purpose came out, Justin Bieber was everywhere and risked overexposure. And around that same time, his relationship with his fans reached a very torrid state. In May of this year, Bieber publicly wrote that he wouldn't be taking photos with fans anymore after he felt "like a zoo animal," and over the summer, he committed the deadliest of pop star sins by deleting his Instagram. More recently, while performing his Purpose tour stop in Manchester, Bieber stormed off stage after asking his fans to quiet down, and while I understand that the constant screaming is probably annoying, Bieber is better off letting his fans yell while they're in a massive venue with thousands of other fans.
I am not one of the biggest pop stars in the world, and I bet that people reading this aren't either, so really understanding where Bieber is coming from is an incredibly difficult task. The 22-year-old has been in the spotlight since he was a young teen and has dealt with a crazy amount of pressure in his career and in his private life. He's clearly struggled with balancing all of his stressors, and in my opinion, Bieber needs to pick and choose his battles more strictly in order to maintain his sanity in all of this. Bieber asking his fans to quiet down in a venue of thousands is almost an impossible ask, so why would he put himself through the trouble?
According to E! News, Bieber pleaded with the huge crowd,
"I appreciate all the support, I appreciate love, I appreciate the kind things. But the screaming in these breaks has got to stop. Please and thank you... I don't think it's necessary when I'm trying to say something and you guys are screaming. 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."
Reportedly, after leaving the stage for a few minutes, he returned and said, "We're just going to do the music. Obviously Manchester just can't handle it, so let's do the music."
While on the U.K. leg of his tour, he has seemed to be increasingly bothered by his fans' screams, as he also asked fans to be quiet during his Birmingham a week earlier. According to People, Bieber told the crowd,
“I get it, it’s been in our blood and it’s ingrained — you go to a concert and you scream and stuff. But if you could just scream after the song, enjoy the song, and then take a chill pill for a second and listen to me speak."
Even though he has seemed fairly quiet in the public eye, it's obvious that Bieber is still sensitive when it comes to his interaction with fans. He does have a point in saying that it is an ingrained thing to scream at a concert — especially since fans are often asked to scream louder and "make some noise" when they're at a show — but Bieber should just let this aspect slide. He cannot control everything at his concert, much less thousands of screaming (usually young) fans, and trying to control it but being unsuccessful will only serve to make him even more frustrated.
At this point, I only hope Bieber can get through the remainder of his Purpose tour while putting on the best show for himself and his fans. He can then take a long much-needed break away from the stage and spotlight, where he can finally have something he can totally control and focus on: himself.