Justin Bieber's trip to the U.K. has not been great. First he asked Birmingham, England fans to "relax for like two seconds," declaring all the "Baby" era–style shrieking to be "so obnoxious." A few days later, in Manchester, the Biebs hit the same roadblock, resulting in comments like, "I don't mind cutting the bullshit, 'cause I don’t need to talk, I’m just trying to engage."
Sunday night's follow-up concert in jolly old Manny was a similar story, with a darker twist, as Bieber was driven to drop the mic and walk out. He returned shortly after, but the commentary before the mic-drop was impassioned:
"I appreciate all the support, I appreciate the kind things. But the screaming during these breaks has gotta stop. Please and thank you. I don't think it's necessary. I wanna be able to say something, and when you guys are screaming, it's hard to—"
When Bieber returned, he kept going:
"My point of the no screaming thing is so that when I'm looking at you in the eyes you can actually know that having a moment and having a connection, right? So it's not me trying to be an asshole. It's simply me just wanting to have a moment, and like...Manchester, you guys are awesome, and I appreciate you, but like, then there has to be...all these...I just...I'm just gonna quit talking. I'm not gonna talk the rest of the night. We're just going to do the music...because obviously Manchester just can't handle it."
J.B. also opened up a little. "I dedicate my life to performing, I dedicate my life to try to bring smiles to people’s faces," he said. "And when I feel like people just aren’t giving me the same respect back, it just kinda hurts me a little."
In the prior two England concerts that saw Biebs and his fans at odds, remarks included "I just thought I could have a moment of, you know, trying to say something" and "I don’t feel like I’m being heard sometimes and it gets a little frustrating."
Bieber's Purpose World Tour kicked off in March and concludes in Europe at the end of November. In March he'll head to Australia and New Zealand for five more gigs.