Coronavirus

Justin Bieber Calls Out Hat-Throwing Fan at New Jersey Show: Watch

Justin Bieber performs during the 2016 Billboard Music Awards
Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Justin Bieber performs during the 2016 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on May 22, 2016 in Las Vegas.

Justin Bieber was delving deep into a speech about the idea of Purpose -- the name of his latest album and tour -- when a fan apparently tossed a hat onto the stage. The singer didn’t respond kindly.

Justin Bieber's Purpose Tour Crosses $70 Million Mark

“I probably don’t want that shit,” Bieber, who performed at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J., Friday night (July 15), commented mid-spiel in reference to the hat.

Before addressing the unwanted hat, he began: “The reason why it’s called the Purpose tour is because I feel like everybody in this building has a purpose. And maybe it’s not often that you speak about what your purpose may be or what your friend’s purpose may be … If we could take this moment to listen and try not to give me a hat or whatever you’re trying to throw on stage right now."

“Sorry, that was mean,” Bieber added immediately.

“But yeah, now I lost what I was going to say,” he said. “I was deep into, like, a mode and a zone. I was in it. Now I’m out of it. I’ll get it back. Just give me a second. I got it: I just wanted to take this moment to acknowledge the fact that we all have a purpose, that we all have a meaning to life and it’s not, like … We just don’t live to die. And this life is not all struggles. “

“I know that sometimes you wake up in the morning and it’s like, ‘God, another day.’ Or maybe we’re not thinking that way, maybe we’re thinking, ‘Man, I can’t wait to seize the moment, seize the day.’ But I know my life is not always like that. I have days where I’m just like, ‘Damn, today’s gonna be tough, and I’m gonna try to surround myself with people who are going to help me get through the day,’” he said with candor.

“Sorry for throwing your hat, but you ruined the moment,” said Bieber, turning his attention back to the fan before starting to sing the next song on his set list, “Purpose.” “Whatever, let’s do it.”

Watch the moment courtesy of fan-shot footage below.

THE BILLBOARD BIZ
SUBSCRIBER EXPERIENCE

The Biz premium subscriber content has moved to Billboard.com/business.


To simplify subscriber access, we have temporarily disabled the password requirement.