Bieber began the show by announcing that he “loved his Norwegian fans”, but things took a sour turn after the first song, hit single ‘Boyfriend’.
“I’m done with this,” he told his fans after throwing his hoodie on the floor, a video the incident shows.
He later apologized on social media site Instagram, saying he doesn’t always “handle things the right way”. He blamed a difficult week and lack of sleep, adding that he stopped the show because “the people in the front row would not listen”.
The video shows the star handing a water bottle to a girl in the front row, who accidentally squirted some of the water onto the stage. When Bieber used his hoodie to mop up the water, fans screamed at the singer to throw them the garment, at which point he stormed off stage.
According to reports from NTB, many of the 950-strong audience initially thought his exit was a joke. Fans shouted Bieber’s name and began singing his song ‘Baby’ to coax him back onstage.
When they realised the concert was over, many were left in tears. One of them, 16-year-old Heidi, told NTB she had spent several thousand kronor on a flight to Oslo after winning a ticket. Heidi said “this totally sucks,” while her friend added that she was “mad” at Bieber.
Jan-Petter Dahl, Communications Manager at TV2, which was due to broadcast the six-song concert, said it was too early to say whether the show would be rescheduled.
The concert at Chateau Neuf was part of Bieber’s Europe tour to promote upcoming album ‘Purpose’, his first in three years. Bieber was discovered at the age of thirteen and recently won five out of the six awards he was nominated for at the MTV Europe Music Awards.
This has been a trying week for the singer, who walked out of a Spanish interview on Thursday, apparently frustrated at the language barrier.