Bieber show on despite health scare
Published 08/03/2013 | 11:01
Justin Bieber is planning to push on with his next UK show despite a health scare which saw him leave the stage mid-song and still continuing to feel "under the weather".
The Canadian teenager - playing sell-out shows at London's O2 Arena - posted a picture of himself online lying in a hospital bed shortly after the show, during which he had to take a break as he struggled to breathe.
In a message to fans, he said he was "getting better" and trying to figure out what happened as his eventful UK tour took another colourful twist with the latest drama.
This afternoon, a record company spokeswoman said: "Justin has been released from the hospital after a check-up and, while he's feeling a little under the weather, he's currently planning on going ahead with tonight's show [Friday]."
It came in the week in which he upset thousands of fans by starting his first of four nights at London's O2 arena so late that many had to miss most of the show.
On Thursday night, Justin was midway through performing Beauty And The Beat when he walked off. His manager Scooter Braun said he was seen by a doctor backstage who told him not to return to the stage.
But it has led to further claims that it was a publicity stunt to win back the affection of fans after the drubbing he received over his poor time-keeping, for which he apologised, blaming technical problems.
Braun told the crowd: "Justin got very light of breath, the whole show he's been complaining. He's backstage with the EMTs (emergency medical team) and the doctor. They're telling him they want him to go and see somebody and find out what's going on with his lungs, he's just told me that in five minutes, if it's OK with you guys, he's going to come out and finish the show.
"So he might not be jumping around as much and everything else, you guys need to be patient with us, we're not trying to be disrespectful, we're not trying to get you guys home late, we're truly trying to put on a show for the people who love him."
But fans have raised questions over the timing of his illness, claiming it was a sympathy stunt. One wrote on Twitter: "Justin Bieber was not sick, its a publicity stunt to make up for his late show."