The alleged rogue fan who broke through Justin Bieber's security and bounded towards the singer on stage in Dubai says he's "sorry".
The teen titan was tickling the ivories during a performance at Dubai's Sevens Stadium on Sunday, when an overzealous fan rushed the stage in an attempt to grab the star. In rushed some equally overzealous security guards, who managed to restrain the stage invader, knocking the piano off its legs in the process.
The Biebs then sauntered away from the ruckus to the side of the stage, and after a three-minute break, returned to the stage for an encore.
A fan caught the action on their phone, and later posted it on YouTube.
After the show, the Biebs took to Twitter to say: "Dubai.
Nothing stops the show. 2 more to go. #BELIEVEtour."
His guitarist and musical director Dan Kanter later tweeted: "It wasn't a prank. Someone ran on stage during Believe and the piano got knocked off its platform. Everyone is fine. No need to worry!"
According to The National, Bieber started his Saturday and Sunday shows two hours late.
Chimed a parent of one of Bieber's fans at the gig, Steve Hoare: "The attacker may have been an adoring fan. But it was probably someone who was annoyed at Justin Bieber being more than two hours late, as he was the night before.
"Both nights are school nights here, so it was not clever and pretty arrogant, particularly when you play a set that is only just over an hour long," he told the BBC.
Thomas Ovesen of Done Events, the music promoter behind the concert, told CNNArabic that the incident was not, as was widely reported, considered an "attack".
"It was just a fan aged between 13 to 14 years old [who] jumped on the stage trying to hug his idol and was stopped before reaching the singer," he said. "He was not in possession of anything and was deemed harmless."
He also scoffed at reports that an audio backing track with vocals continued playing while the fracas ensued.
"The show was one hundred per cent live, and the piano kept on playing after one of the band members jumped and kept on playing," he said. "That's why it looked like the piano kept on playing after it was obstructed by the fan."
'I DIDN'T MEAN TO SCARE HIM'
A young man claiming to be the stage crasher has since apologised to the Biebs.
"When your idol come[s] to your city, you know what I mean, I was gonna, just get a chance to go on the stage and hug him and maybe take a picture," said an anonymous listener who dialled in to Virgin Radio Dubai yesterday.
"I want to say sorry and if Justin can hear me, I didn't mean to scare him. I'm a true Belieber."
Listen to audio of the interview below:
Per E! Online, 18-year-old Abdo Gotni has since reportedly claimed he's the man who made the radio apology, and is "upset" by reports that the Biebs was attacked during the show.
"I wanted to say hi and maybe take a picture. I wanted to hug him," he said, adding that he was "just very excited" during the moment, and hadn't planned to storm the stage.
"They [security guards] dragged me offstage and just told me I needed to go home," he said. "They kicked me out of the concert and told me not to come back. They didn't ask me for my name or my ID."
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