Justin Bieber 2 hours late to his own concert forcing parents to take children home without seeing their idol
- O2 apologises for Justin Bieber's lateness but gave no reason for the delay
- Singer didn't arrive on stage until 10.35pm - just before he was due to finish
- Hundreds of schoolchildren were left heartbroken after being forced to leave
- Some young fans even 'fell fast asleep' as they waited for the show
- Parents are 'furious' with Baby star and call him a 'jerk' and 'disrespectful'
- Hundreds of fans stranded as late running caused them to miss last trains
- Justin, with 35million Twitter followers, has partied all weekend in London
By Lucy Buckland, Emily Sheridan and Sarah Bull
PUBLISHED: 18:25 EST, 4 March 2013 | UPDATED: 05:52 EST, 5 March 2013
Justin Bieber was two hours late for his opening night at London's O2 Arena, forcing hundreds of parents to leave with their children on Monday night before the singer even came on stage.
The 19-year-old has been slammed on Twitter for his 'disgusting behaviour' which saw hundreds of dedicated Bieber fans walk out of the arena heartbroken, despite waiting hours for his arrival.
Thousands descended on the O2 arena to see the opening night of the sell-out show, with many fans being under 16, but Bieber did not appear on stage until 10.35pm - just 25 minutes before Bieber was due to finish.
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Better late than never! Justin Bieber eventually took to the stage - two hours late - but it was too late for many fans who left without seeing their idol
Empty seats: As Bieber came onstage expensive front row seats were empty - as younger fans were forced to leave
Bieber was even tweeting to his 35
million Twitter followers in the lead up to the show that he was
thrilled to be performing in the UK capital, and told fans to 'get ready'.
But a source told MailOnline crowds were booing the Baby singer after being forced to sit through two warm-up acts, Jaden Smith and Carly Rae Jepsen, before being left to wait for the main attraction.
Following Carly Rae's set, fans were left to wait listening to Michael Jackson hits for around 45 minutes until Justin finally appeared on stage at 10.35pm.
A Bieber fan told MailOnline: 'It's disgraceful, so many children were distressed and left heartbroken they had to leave the show. Many had been looking forward to seeing Justin for weeks.'
Parent Lloyd Becker, whose wife took their eight-year-old daughter Isabella to the concert, said that his little girl was left devastated by Bieber's behaviour.
Disgusting: Parents have branded Bieber's late entrance as despicable, considering it was a school night
He is no angel this evening! Justin descends on the stage, after being booed by the remaining fans
Onstage: When Justin eventually got onstage, after some booing he kept the audience entertained
He told MailOnline: 'I called the O2 yesterday to find out what time the show was ending. They told me that Carly Rae Jepsen was on at 8 and then Bieber was on at 8.30, finishing at 10.15. But he didn't even come on until 10.35.
'My brother was also there with my nephew, but by the time Bieber came on, the kids were fed up and half asleep. They stayed for half an hour and then left, so they missed all the best songs.
'Keeping the fans waiting for two hours is an absolute disgrace. Isabella
got to bed at after one in the morning and then had to get up for school
this morning. And I know that at least two or three children have
actually missed school today because they couldn't cope with the late
'Isabella absolutely hates him now. She's going to see One Direction next month and I guarantee that they won't be keeping their fans waiting for that long.'
Not a fan anymore: Louise Cooper had taken her daughter to the concert, but the little girl scribbled over her pledge of love for the singer after the disappointing event
Asked if he would be asking for a refund for the tickets, which ranged in price from £57 to £68, Lloyd said: 'I absolutely 100% want a refund. They scanned the tickets so they knew what time they had left, and I will be demanding a refund.'
Jade Owen, 25, had taken her teenage sister to the show. She said: 'There were parents there with children aged four or five who were asleep on their shoulders as they were leaving early. The last train left at just after midnight and when the show finished there were people seriously running for that station.
‘What I’m shocked about is that he still hasn’t apologised on Twitter. After he came out, after a couple of songs he gave a speech thanking the fans and saying how it was his dream and I was thinking "you are going to apologise, right?” I didn’t get home until 1am.
'I think he was just hanging out with his friends back stage for too long. I was near a box that had celebrities in it. I saw Kylie Jenner, the Kardashians’ sister, and Will Smith, and they disappeared after the warm up acts and came on two minutes before Bieber came on stage so they must have been with him and knew he was coming on.'
After the show Twitter was ablaze with fuming parents, former Coronation Street actress Wendi Peters tweeted: 'I shall have an extremely moody daughter tomorrow .. Livid.'
'Rude and disrespectful': Fans took to Twitter to comment on Justin's lateness, with many accusing him of being 'disrespectful and arrogant'
Stranded: Many fans were forced to seek alternative means of getting home after missing the last trains
Is he nearly done? Parents were seen waiting outside for the show to finish
Others accused the singer of being 'rude, disrespectful and arrogant' for keeping his young fans up so late on a Monday night.
to reports, some children were so tired that they even fell asleep
inside the arena, with one woman saying a young girl 'fell fast asleep'
in the audience before her father picked her up and carried her out.
It was also reported that Bieber cut his set by 30 minutes to coincide with time constraints.
The O2 eventually apologised for the lateness of the show - but did not give any reason why the singer let down his 'Beliebers'.
At 11.36pm, the official account for
the O2 tweeted: 'Justin Bieber is now on stage and apologises for the
lateness of his show.'
It later added: 'Sorry to all the
Justin Bieber fans for the lateness of his show tonight. The Tube will
still be running when the show finishes.'
An official account for Transport for London warned of busy trains on the Jubilee line following the concert, with the last train at 12.15am.
And the late running of Bieber's show meant that thousands of fans were forced to either run to get catch the last tubes and trains, or seek alternative means of getting home.
It all started so well: Justin, who has more than 35million followers, was tweeting in anticipation of his London gig
Apologies but no reason: Parents were left fuming after Bieber was more than two hours late
Father Wayne Parsonage tweeted that he ended up missing Bieber's performance so he could make the last train home, and later added: 'Disgusting!! Waste of my time and money...never again.'
Tracey Wilson, from Hoddesdon in Hertfordshire, took her teenage daughter who, like many of the young concert-goers, has school on Tuesday morning, to the performance.
The pair were left stranded after missing their train home and instead had to be collected by her husband.
She told BBC's 5 live that the
support acts overran by around 20 minutes to 8.50pm, finally followed by
Bieber one-and-a-half hours later.
She said: 'There was no apology to say why or I'm really sorry or to say something's happened. It's disgusting.
'It got to about 9.30 and they were starting to boo, you'd think someone would have come on then.'
Patient: Fans sat through two warm up acts, including Carly Rae Jepsen (pictured), before being told they had to wait for Bieber
Let's hear it for London: But even an appearance by Carly Rae Jepsen could not console upset fans
Keeping them entertained: Jaden Smith was the second support act of the night
Although Bieber made no apology or gave any explanation for his tardiness, his stage presence quickly ensured 20,000-strong audience forgot his lateness.
During his high-energy set, Bieber performed his biggest hits including Baby, As Long As You Love Me and Beauty And A Beat.
At one point, his 14-year-old pal Jaden Smith - who was the first support act of the night - arrived on stage to duet to Never Say Never.
The singer has a further three dates at the O2 this week, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday nights, as part of his Believe tour.
Since arriving in London Justin has been seen partying until all hours and despite being turned away from Cirque Du Soir to his own birthday party after he tried to bring under-age guests, Jaden, 14, and rumoured love interest Ella-Paige Roberts Clarke, 17, into the club, he still celebrated across the capital.
Party time: Justin Bieber has been partying up a storm since being in London - and ironically was even seen wearing two watches
Party time: Bieber has been making the most of his time in the capital, with regular nights out alongside his entourage
Justin has been seen out almost every evening in the capital and ironically was seen wearing two watches
Meanwhile, Justin's friend Jaden Smith, 14, arrived at the
concert with his reported girlfriend Kylie Jenner and onlookers claimed the duo
were holding hands after they appeared on stage to throw out fliers to the
crowd promoting Jaden's new movie After Earth.
The source added: 'Jaden and Kylie were both wearing masks and throwing fliers out to fans. Then they took off the masks and revealed themselves to the crowd.
'They were side by side and appeared to be holding hands as they greeted fans in between Carly Rae Jepsen and Justin Bieber's performances. They looked like a couple.'
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