Justin Bieber issued his latest Twitter apology on Tuesday. The pop singer had been blasted for appearing on stage at a Monday concert in London two hours late, which was a big deal for his younger fans -- and their parents -- as he didn't begin his portion of the show until after 10:00 p.m.
In his Twitter apology, issued in several tweets (beginning here, Bieber said that he wasn't really two hours late, but actually only 40 minutes late. He did say, though, that any delay was inexcusable and that Tuesday night's show -- at the same venue -- would start on time.
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.
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.
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.
now we have a show to do today and Im gonna focus on the positive and put on a great show tonight here in London
NIGHT 2 at the 02 is gonna be even better. get ready. thanks
Not everyone agrees with Bieber's assessment.
For one, concert-goers said the teenage star appeared onstage at the 02 Arena on Monday just before 10:30 p.m., nearly two hours after the anticipated start time, not 10:10 p.m. as Bieber tweeted. In addition, despite Bieber saying he was to appear at 9:30 p.m., customers seemed to universally believe the scheduled time was 8:30 p.m.
Financial analyst Louise Cooper, who had taken her 9-year-old daughter to the concert as a birthday present said:
There were teenage girls crying outside. The ladies sitting with us had to leave after 20 minutes and they had spent 70 quid (70 pounds, about $106) each on a ticket, which is really bad.
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.
Bieber wasn't the only one tweeting an apology. The O2 Arena did, too:
Sorry to all the Justin Bieber fans for the lateness of his show tonight. The Tube will still be running when the show finishes
@GaryBarlow_x Jess - we will be exploring all available options to ensure this doesn't happen again.
@Jo_Evans Jo - we will be doing everything within our power to ensure Justin makes its on stage at the right time.
We have been informed by the @justinbieber team that he is scheduled to go on stage at 9pm tonight. Support acts start from 7pm. Thank you
The O2 also tweeted that refunds will be handled on a case-by-case basis. All complaints should be made to Justin's management team at firstname.lastname@example.org, they added.
Bieber has a recent history of tweeting apologies. He also tweeted a "Sorry" message after images of him smoking a blunt appeared online.