I just spent the better part of an hour comparing prices on those puppy toys that mimic a mother dog's heartbeat because if no one else is going to make an effort to save Justin's psyche, I will.
Even though I have a LOT going on this week.
You guys could step up a little.
I'm crying Justin Bieber got in a mood n stormed off looool pic.twitter.com/zo4qBgpFLI — lara (@laraelizabeth98) October 23, 2016
After letting fans sit for a while and stew in the awkwardness of his abrupt departure, Justin returned and carried on with the show, Mashable reports.
Upon his return, Justin explained to fans he left due to screams from adoring fans.
He told the crowd,
My point of the no screaming thing is so that when I'm looking at you in the eyes, you can actually know that we're having a moment and having a connection… So it's not me trying to be an asshole.
The Biebs desperately wants to make a human connection, which, when you think about it, is heartbreaking. If his words aren't enough proof he's looking for a little eye contact and understanding, his actions the past few months speak volumes.
JUSTIN BIEBER'S PURPOSE CRY FOR HELP WORLD TOUR:
1. Justin sneezes on stage, covering his fans in boogs rather than covering his face with his elbow like his second grade teacher taught him.
Smearing fans with his nasal DNA was a weird way to forge a connection with commoners, but Justin's employing a lot of unorthodox approaches to escaping the isolation of superstardom.
2. Justin crashes a high school soccer game in London, forcing a bunch of teens already navigating the challenging social pitfalls of adolescence to take on Justin's baggage, too.
These teens are still trying to figure out how to stay low key about masturbating in their childhood homes and not feel defined by their standardized test scores. Give them a break.
3. Justin wanders around Amsterdam in the most obvious disguise of all time and kicks a sad soccer ball by himself.
4. Justin reprimands his audience in Birmingham, England for screaming while he's trying to intimately share an anecdote with the sea of rabid fans.
"When I'm singing you can scream.. and then take a chill pill and just listen when I speak" #PurposeTourBirmingham pic.twitter.com/QEe4naIdlA — Purpose World Tour (@JustinTourUpd) October 17, 2016
He really hates screaming. In fact, Bieby blatantly told the crowd he doesn't “feel like [he's] being heard sometimes,” before mentioning how lonely tour life can be.
5. Justin storms off stage in Manchester, but then comes back on and lectures everyone. Because if there's one thing the youth of today is looking for during a fun night out, it's to be abandoned and chastised.
Justin Bieber is a member of a very small percentage of the population who experience fame on a level most of us could not imagine in our wildest, most narcissistic dreams.
In fact, Justin's not the first pop star to admit being bested by his career lately. His ex, Selena Gomez, is on hiatus due to health issues and depression and, following her recent rehab check-in, was offered support by Lady Gaga.
Of Selena's struggles, Gaga told 103.5 KTU,
I would say that fame is very isolating… [It] takes a moment for you to stabilize yourself, especially if you're really in it for the music or for your craft, because it can be a distraction from all of those things… Suddenly, it's about keeping up with your career… Or keeping up with number ones, or being on top.
Justin has been in the business for eight of his 22 years on earth. He's essentially equipped with the emotional management skills of a ninth grader, but is, at all times, tasked with being accessible, relatable, on-brand and entertaining.
The world treats Justin as a commodity. In many ways, the world is not wrong.
Still, no amount of capitalist success can change the fact Justin Bieber is also a human being desperately hoping someone will sit quietly for a few minutes and listen to his story.