LONDON – Justin Bieber has issued an apology to parents at his concert after his unexplained absence was cut short allowing him to get on stage and sing for a moment.
The teen star did not show after two hours but eventually disappointed parent accompanying their children when showed up and began his repertoire of songs.
His appearance caused shock to many adults in the Arena who had thought the were in the clear.
There were boos on the stage when the 19-year-old eventually appeared, marking the moment parents realised they would have to stay for at least one Justin Bieber song.
Writing on Twitter, the Bieber blamed an unforseen resolution of issues for his arrival.
“There is no excuse and I apologise for anyone that was upset that these technical issues did not keep me away long enough to miss the show.”
A spokesman for The O2 said promoters have been asked to explain why after being hours late, the pop star did not just “sack the whole thing off.”
Speaking outside the venue, one fan recalled the feeling of tension around the arena as more time passed without the star making an appearance.
“But then the little twat pops up on stage all of a suddenly and there was no getting out of it then.”
‘He’s shown contempt for us all’
“Who does he think he is keeping us in suspense like that,” said Jessica Martins, 42, who was moments away from telling her nine-year-old “sorry we have to go” while holding back a smile.
“Some people here tonight paid good money to sit in the front row to look like a hero your child while silently praying that his tour bus drove into a ditch somewhere on the M25 and then he goes and pulls a stunt like this and shows up!”
Mrs Martins one of several in attendance who said they would not return to another Bieber concert given the high likelihood he would actually make an appearance at some point.
“If I wanted to see a show where the artist comes two hours late and performs like nothing’s happened I would have gone to one of those rap shows.”