(USA TODAY) What's up with Justin Bieber lately? There was the whole birthday-gone-bad incident.
And now he's got London fans' knickers in a major twist. Why? He showed up two hours late for his 02 Arena concert on Monday night, the first of three concerts there. Showtime was 8:30 p.m. He appeared at 10:30 p.m.
Teen fans were ticked, and so were their parents, who were, as AP put it, "outraged" and "overtired."
"There were teenage girls crying outside," said financial analyst Louise Cooper, who took her 9-year-old daughter to the concert as a birthday present. "It's one thing if your demographic is 50-year-olds, but his demographic is lots of little girls who need to go home and go to bed."
Tracy Wilson, who attended the show with her teenage daughter, said people began booing when Bieber had not appeared by9:30. She called the lack of explanation "disgusting."
The venue apologized on its Twitter feed "to all the Justin Bieber fans for the lateness of his show tonight."
John Aizlewood in the Evening Standard newspaper said Bieber had shown contempt for young fans, leaving them "exhausted, disillusioned and probably late for school this morning."
Bieber jumped on Twitter Tuesday morning early to defend himself and to tell his fans he was sorry, writing:
"since i have been here it hasnt been easy with the press at times but I have loved it. so let me say this... last night i was scheduled after 3 opening acts to go on stage at 935 not 830 but because of some technical issues i got on at 10:10..so.
"i was 40 min late to stage. there is no excuse for that and I apologize for anyone we upset. However it was great show and Im proud of that. and tonight we will run on time and look forward to putting on an amazing show for everyone in attendance. my relationship with the media is not always easy but im trying. Im all about the music and the performance and i respect my fans. ...
i never have any intent to upset or let anyone down. and Im not okay with things being exaggerated. once again sorry for anyone upset. NIGHT 2 at the 02 is gonna be even better. get ready. thanks"
Ann Oldenburg, USA TODAY