Justin Bieber is used to seeing fainting at his concerts. Alas, though, the 19-year-old could only go so long seeing his sweaty fans drop into the burly hands of a disinterested security guard before deciding, firsthand, to feel their pain.
During his Thursday night show at London's fittingly-named O2 Arena, Bieber fainted while performing "Beauty and a Beat" and was given oxygen after complaining that he was light of breath, according to Associated Press.
Jaden Smith and Bieber's manager Scooter Braun announced to the crowd that Bieber was being examined by EMTs and would have to cancel the show. According to E!, though, the singer returned to finish the concert against his doctor's orders—'cause that's what rebels do—and performed "Believe," "Boyfriend" and "Baby," but "struggled with energy."
Bieber was rushed to the hospital immediately after the show and, as those who recently collapse and are hospitalized tend to do, immediately took to medical advice site Instagram to show us both where it hurts and his underwear (see above photo).
The devout music fan even used the power of song to heal, writing, "Gettin better listening to Janice [sic!!!!] Joplin." And that, by the way, is how San Antonio artist Janice Joplin became a meme Friday morning.
Bieber eventually took to Twitter to reassure fans that all was right with the world again. "Getting better," he wrote. "Thanks for everyone pulling me thru tonight. best fans in the world. figuring out what happened. thanks for the love."
It's possible Bieber forced himself back onstage and continued to perform to avoid another UK controversy. On Wednesday, Bieber issued a public apology after going onstage 40 minutes late. The singer is set to tour Europe through the end of April and is currently recovering from the "worst birthday."
On a related note, just this week Fuse News investigated the true cost to fans, venues and the artist themselves, when they show up late to their shows, including Bieber: