LONDON — Justin Bieber apologized today to his young fans — and their outraged, overtired parents — after they accused him of taking the stage inconsiderately late for a concert in London.
The singer insisted he had only been 40 minutes behind schedule, and blamed “technical issues.”
Concertgoers said the teenage star appeared onstage at the O2 Arena on Monday just before 10:30 p.m. local time, almost two hours after the anticipated start time. Some in the audience said they faced a choice between leaving early and missing the last trains home.
The venue apologized on its Twitter feed “to all the Justin Bieber fans for the lateness of his show tonight.” But it said the subway was still running when the show ended at 11:47 p.m., and extra boats and taxis were brought in to help people leave the riverside venue.
The O2 said Bieber had actually been about 50 minutes late — he was due to come on at 9:30 p.m. and took the stage at 10:19 p.m.