At this point, the lead-up to Justin Bieber's Purpose album release (out Nov. 13) has become at least as much about Biebs' public interactions with fans as the actual music. And we've heard a good deal of the music -- first with "Where Are U Now," then "What Do You Mean," then "Sorry" and "I'll Show You" -- but we've also seen some things in the past few weeks that aren't really about the music at all.
A week ago, he apparently stormed offstage in Norway and refused to play the rest of his show. And earlier this week, a video of Justin instructing his fans on how to clap during an acoustic performance got some traction, too. Saturday's vid fits right alongside the rest.
In a quick paparazzi clip, Justin is seen exiting a table at a restaurant in Cannes, France and flipping a chair over as he leaves. The speculation began immediately, with PerezHilton.com reporting Justin "stormed off to get away from his fans."
What can very easily be called (and was called) "yet another tantrum" could also be called a dude having a bad day. A pop star exhausted by travel and constant press appearances. A 21-year-old perhaps slightly annoyed by some bad news he just received. That's what Justin said, anyway.
Of course, this could just be very good damage control on Justin's part. But still, there's nothing to suggest it's disingenuous. The best part of all? Justin took to Twitter to retweet the best Belieber reactions to his chair-tipping escapade, most of which were captured with the hilarious hashtagh #JustinHatesHisFansParty -- a sign that, hey, he's definitely in on the joke here.
But really, who knows! Biebs could've very seriously been pissed off. He might've been sick of being followed by fans. That doesn't mean he's not grateful to have them. We tend to expect a lot out of our pop stars (and really anyone whose every brunch is highlighted by a traveling pack of photographers). Shouldn't they expect the same out of us, too?
Ultimately, Justin wants what most artists want: to let their music speak for them, and to not have every chair flip be scrutinized for what it means and what it doesn't mean. Seems pretty fair, doesn't it?