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21 per cent of Justin Bieber fans wouldn't admit to liking him, according to new study Get Tickets

Singer has expanded his fanbase by 10% in the past two years

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A new study claims that while Justin Bieber's fanbase has grown considerably over the past couple of years, many fans still would not admit to liking his music.

New research by ticketing company Ticketbis (as reported by Gigwise) shows that Bieber has attracted 10% more fans in the UK than he had just two years ago, while the 18-30 age group is his fastest growing market.

It is also claimed that 21% of his fans wouldn't publicly own up to liking him, with Southampton the biggest UK city in terms of its secret Beliebers, with 33% of fans in the city saying they were embarrassed to like the singer.

See a list of the top UK cities in terms of secret Belieber percentages below.

Southampton (33%)
Norwich (28%)
Edinburgh (28%)
Newcastle (27%)
Glasgow (24%)
Birmingham (23%)
Leeds (22%)
Nottingham (21%)
Manchester (20%)
Liverpool (19%)


Bieber, meanwhile, is on course to claim this year's Christmas Number One. The singer's new single 'Love Yourself' is currently 3,000 combined sales ahead of Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Choir’s 'A Bridge Over You' in the midweek charts.

Bieber will tour the UK in October next year as part of his Purpose World Tour.

He will play gigs in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Sheffield and Glasgow. See the full dates below.

Justin Bieber will play the following UK shows:

London, The O2 (October 11-12, 14-15, 28-29)
Birmingham, Barclaycard Arena (October 17-18, 24)
Manchester, Arena (October 20-21, 23)
Sheffield, Arena (October 26)
Glasgow, The SSE Hydro (October 27, 29-30)




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