Justin Bieber has been hounded by fame, ever since he first sang Justin Timberlake covers as a 14-year-old.
Nine years later, his ennui is at an all-time high. And his tolerance for selfies is zero.
Adoring fans in Australia, many who’ve paid a motza to see him live on his Purpose tour, need to back off and show some respect, according to the pop star.
He’s been over this with you before, crazed fans — don’t get up in his face for photos. Or if you do, prepare to be chastised by your idol.
In Melbourne over the weekend, a fan tried to get a photo with him outside his hotel at Crown Casino. Bieber fired back.
“Look at your own respect level,” he can be heard saying repeatedly in a video. “Look at you. You make me sick.”
Sebah Helal, the fan in question, told the Herald Sun that the Canadian singer told her to back off.
“When I got out of my car, I ran over to ask for a photo, and that is when he said ‘Why are you invading my privacy?'” she said.
Helal said she had been driving around to find Bieber after hearing rumours he was travelling around the city a Porsche and a Volvo. “He wasn’t in a good mood and was adamant that he wouldn’t take a photo with me,” she added.
Helal’s mother, Houda Bennaoui told the outlet, “My daughter was bawling her eyes out. She was dying to meet him and then he humiliated her.”
Last year fans Bieber took to social media to explicitly tell fans he doesn’t owe them a snap. Even if they’ve bought his album, damn it.
For fans at least, it hasn’t been the happiest of starts to Bieber’s Australian tour, which continues in Brisbane on Monday — some attendees have been left disappointed by his apparent lack of interest during the shows.
“Some parts looked like he was a bit bored and vague,” one fan remarked to 7 News on his Melbourne performance. “He could’ve a bit more interactive and a bit more into it. He seemed a little out of it,” another fan said.
Ironic, considering Bieber’s tour is called “Purpose.” He’s probably speaking about another, non-famous kind.