Justin Bieber’s chaotic South American tour took another unexpected turn on Sunday night when he had to leave the stage halfway through a performance in Argentina. The singer, who had been complaining of stomach pain caused by food poisoning, told the crowd at Buenos Aires’ River Plate Stadium he couldn’t go on.
“I’m not feeling too good, I think I’m out of energy,” he said before blowing a kiss and walking offstage, according to the Hollywood Reporter. It was the second time Bieber didn’t finish a show on the tour, coming less than a week after he pulled up stakes in Brazil after being hit by a bottle on stage.
Before the River Plate gig, Bieber posted a selfie in which he was getting intravenous fluids in preparation for the show.
Manager Scooter Braun defended the singer on Monday, writing, “He gave his all for them last night and today his fans made him #1!” Braun was referring to Bieber’s latest Music Mondays single, “All Bad,” hitting #1 on iTunes. (At press time the song had fallen back to #2 behind Eminem and Rihanna’s “The Monster.”)
— Scooter Braun (@scooterbraun) November 11, 2013
Hours before the show started, Bieber tipped off fans that he was not 100 percent. “Not feeling so good,” he wrote two hours before the opening acts began performing. “Actually pretty sick. Pulling it together. Argentina we got a show to do.” Braun also tweeted just after Bieber quit the concert, saying, “2nite @justinbeiber had a rough night but handled it like a man who cares and put his beliebers before himself. Very proud. He will be back!”
The Argentina incident is the latest in a string of mishaps on Bieber’s South American tour, which has included the posting of a bizarre picture of the singer sleeping in a Brazilian hotel taken by a model who later claimed she had been invited to the singer’s suite to party. Police in Brazil also sought to question Justin about defacing the outside wall of a hotel with graffiti, a crime that could result in jail time if they decide to pursue the issue.
According to the Reporter, a member of Bieber’s security detail was accused of assaulting the house photographer at a Buenos Aires nightclub early Saturday morning as Justin and his crew were trying to leave the bar.
Bieber’s next show is Tuesday night (November 12) in Santiago, Chile, and at press time, it appeared he was on track to make that date.