POP superstar Justin Bieber has apologised to fans for keeping them waiting with a late-running gig which left some young devotees in tears, while many had to leave just minutes into his performance.
He said there was “no excuse” for his late arrival and added that he was sorry about those he had upset.
The singer had been playing the first of a run of nights at London’s O2 Arena last night but many of his school-age fans were forced to leave early to meet parents or catch trains home.
Some fans said he had not taken to the stage until 10.30pm, but Bieber posted a string of messages on Twitter this afternoon saying this had been “exaggerated”.
And the 19-year-old Canadian - who claimed he was only 40 minutes late - also went on to grumble about the media.
The 02 Arena also apologised to young fans.
Parents used the social media site to criticise the 19-year-old, who was booed by the audience, for leaving young fans waiting on a school night.
At 11.36pm, the official account for the 02 tweeted: “Justin Bieber is now on stage and apologises for the lateness of his show”.
It later added: “Sorry to all the Justin Bieber fans for the lateness of his show tonight. The Tube will still be running when the show finishes.”
An official account for Transport for London warned of busy trains on the Jubilee line following the concert, with the last train at 12.15am.
But many youngsters were forced to miss the gig altogether in order to get their last train out of London.
Father Wayne Parsonage tweeted that he ended up missing Bieber’s performance so he could make the last train home, and later added: “Discusting!![sic] Waste of my time and money...never again.”
Tracey Wilson, from Hoddesdon in Hertfordshire, took her teenage daughter, who has school today, to the concert.
The pair were left stranded after missing their train home and instead had to be collected by her husband.
Another tweet complained: “Justin Bieber needs to understand he has fans that are really young he can’t come on stage like 1 hour and 45 mins late on a school night!”
The world-wide Believe tour has already stopped in Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham and Nottingham.