Justin Bieber attacks UK media over ‘false stories’ following O2 Arena gig

Pop singer takes to Twitter to claim he has been victimised

Justin Bieber has criticised the way the British media has reported his stay in the UK this week.

The pop singer arrived on stage two hours late for his gig at the London O2 Arena venue on Monday night (March 4). While he initially apologised, he has since stated that the media has not reported the full facts of what had happened on the night and treated him badly during his stay in the UK.

Writing 12 messages on the subject on his Twitter feed, he put: “Rumors rumors and more rumors. Nothing more nothing less. Might talk about them one day. Right now I’m just gonna be positive. Can’t bring me down.” The messages continued, with Bieber claiming people wrote “fake stories” on him in order to sell papers.

Angry parents took to Twitter on Monday night to protest the singer’s late arrival – not least because the show was taking place on a weekday. It meant many parents were forced to take their children home after hearing just one or two songs. Meanwhile, Digital Spy reported that Bieber was fined £300,000 for causing the gig to overrun. It was claimed that Greenwich Council fined the singer £10,000 per minute for exceeding a live music curfew. Due to the late start, Bieber’s set didn’t finish until 11.30pm, meaning it ran 30 minutes later than the venue’s noise ban, which is said to be enforced at 11pm.

Defending himself from negative reports, Bieber continued his defence on Twitter. “We are all equal in God’s eyes & we have a responsibility to each other. So make up stories about fake fines and make no mention of the positive. Or say when I came out of my show with my shirt off because after performing for 2 hours I might be sweaty, I was going into a club (really?) or any girl I stand next to is my girl or that I don’t care, or that I don’t feel, or that a 19 year old going to a club in Europe is wild.”

Justin Bieber performs a third London show at the O2 Arena this evening (March 7).