Teen heartthrob and beltless wonder Justin Bieber was taken to the hospital after his concert at London's O2 Arena Thursday night (March 7) following a 20-minute break in his concert after he collapsed on stage. Insiders told Reuters that Bieber ignored doctor's orders while backstage and returned to finish the show.
Melissa Victor, a Bieber spokesperson, told Reuters that the 19-year-old pop star had actually passed out from shortness of breath while performing the third of his four shows at the London venue. He took on some oxygen while backstage, then headed back out, even though the doctors were advising he go straight to the hospital and get checked out.
Scooter Braun, Bieber's manager, talked to the crowd while Bieber was backstage.
"Justin got very light of breath, the whole show he's been complaining," Braun said, his words captured on numerous amateur videos and posted to the Internet.
At the same time, social media lit up as Justin Bieber's 35 million Twitter followers came into play. The hashtag #justintakeabreak began to trend.
Bieber posted an update to his fans on Twitter after getting checked out: "getting better. thanks for everyone pulling me thru tonight. best fans in the world. figuring out what happened. thanks for the love"
But is there actually something going on with the teen's health?
It's difficult to say, but there have been no claims by the "Die In Your Arms" singer that he is suffering from anything more debilitating than a shortness of breath. He did have a mini-tirade on Twitter on Wednesday (all of which can be fully read on Huffington Post), but that was just to let off a little steam at what he referred to as "fake stories" about his birthday (he just turned 19) and his shirtless London romp and just about everything in between. And then there was his being a bit tardy for the first night of the London concert series, but he apologized, saying (via Twitter) that it was all due to technical difficulties.
So should the guy take a break -- as the hashtag suggests?
That would all depend on Justin Bieber, of course, and if there is truly something negatively impacting his health. Until then, he has another show at the O2 on Friday, March 8, and other sold out venues ahead of him on his sold out "Believe Tour."