Justin Bieber’s popularity only seems to be rising higher after the 18-year-old pop star vomited onstage during a concert Saturday night in Glendale, Ariz.
The show was the first on his tour in support of the new album “Believe,” and even though Bieber had to leave the stage twice because of a stomach ailment, his fans cheered throughout. The first time he jogged offstage was right after he turned around to barf while performing the song “Out of Town Girl,” according to E! Online.
While the incident almost certainly would have been a point of embarrassment for polarizing singers such as Britney Spears or Miley Cyrus, vomiting in front of thousands of people didn’t seem to bothered Bieber all that much.
“I’m sorry, I’m going to slow things down,” Bieber said before performing a song on acoustic guitar, according to USA Today. He then had to run offstage again, presumably to avoid doubling over.
“It’s hard for me, you know, not feeling great and throwing up in front of a bunch of people,” Bieber said when returning to perform for the second time. “Will you love me even though I’m throwing up onstage? OK, I wanted to give you my best show ever, so do you mind if I finish it?”
“And … Milk was a bad choice! Lol,” Bieber tweeted after the show in a reference to “Anchorman.” The message was retweeted almost 50,000 times.
Bieber’s questions were met with rapid screams from the audience. He was able to finish the concert and even include a tribute to recently departed 6-year-old fan. Bieber dedicated “One Less Lonely Girl” to Avalanna Routh, who died on Sept. 26 after losing her battle with a rare form of cancer.
The pop star told USA Today that he and his performers have been planning the tour with Michael Jackson in mind. He and director Jon Chu had been watching the “This Is It” documentary, which showed how Jackson was able to make his show into a multimedia experience for fans.
So far, the Beliebers appear to approve of the changes.
“We’re looking for something a little more extravagant and intense,” fan Mackenzie Froehle told USA Today. “He’s not a little kid anymore, and the concerts shouldn’t feel like Disney.”
Check out Bieber in the video below.