Justin Bieber has blamed technical issues for his late arrival on stage at last night’s gig at the O2 Arena.
In a series of tweets to his 35 million followers the teenage singer apologised to his fans.
“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 apologise for anyone we upset. However it was great show and Im proud of that.
Bieber claimed he was not due on stage until 9.35pm, not 8.30pm
“And tonight we will run on time and look forward to putting on an amazing show for everyone in attendance.”
The 19-year-old Canadian - who disputed fans’ claims he was two hours late - went on to grumble about the media and added he was “trying”.
“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.”
But some fans have claimed this is not the first time the star has left them disappointed. Rachel Leslie paid £330 a ticket for her and her daughter Freya, 14, to meet Bieber after he played an earlier gig at Nottingham at the weekend.
She claimed they arrived at 2.30pm to start queuing for check-in at 3.45pm but no one was allowed through until 5.55pm.
The singer said that tonight’s show will be ‘great’
“When we eventually got in there it was ‘click’, ‘click’ and we were ushered out again - the whole thing lasted no more than 20 seconds,” Mrs Leslie told the Nottingham Evening Post.
“My daughter came out and was absolutely distraught about the whole thing. She didn’t even want to stay for the show.
“I spoke to so many people afterwards and they were all very disappointed, and when we came out there were kids everywhere in floods of tears, not because they’d met him, but because it was over so quickly.”
At the O2, some fans claimed Bieber had not taken to the stage until 10.30pm, but the singer insisted this had been “exaggerated”.
“I never have any intent to upset or let anyone down,” he tweeted. “Im not okay with things being exaggerated. once again sorry for anyone upset.
Parents arrived at the O2 to collect their children before the gig started
“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.”
The Canadian star had infuriated parents and upset fans who waited almost two hours for him to appear on stage.
Many complained they had been left waiting with no explanation or apology from O2 staff.
Gemma Ferguson from Chessington told Sky News her five-year-old daughter was falling asleep by 10pm: “I can’t quite believe what just happened.
On time? Bieber was pictured last month wearing two watches
“He spent more time changing his clothes and showing videos of his childhood than he did singing.
“When we complained were were told ‘Justin will come out when he is ready,’ but he had all day to get ready.”
A spokesman for the O2 Arena backed up Bieber’s account of what happened.
“He was due onstage at 9.30pm, which makes him 49 minutes late,” the spokesman said.
“He was always due on at 9.30 - possibly the media have got the wrong end of the stick here.
“There were three support bands first who played on time - Jaden Smith (Will Smith’s son) played at 7.30, followed by Cody Simpson at 8pm and Carly Rae Jepson at 8.30pm.”
He added: “We will do everything in our power to make sure Justin gets on stage tonight at a reasonable time.”
The singer has three more gigs planned at the O2 on March 5,7 and 8.