Bieber’s fans go batty

2013-05-12 14:01

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Young Beliebers go to great lengths to catch sight of the teen star.

Two of Joburg’s poshest hotels were beset by screaming teenage fans yesterday as Bieber fever sent temperatures soaring.

The normally quiet street outside The Saxon in the super-rich suburb of Sandhurst was full of excited teenagers hoping to catch a glimpse of the Canadian pop idol.

Bieber is playing at Joburg’s FNB Stadium tonight after a sold-out Cape Town gig in the week.

There were similar scenes at The Westcliff – but it was rocker Jon Bon Jovi who was spotted leaving that hotel late in the day, heading to his own FNB Stadium gig.

Scores of “Beliebers”, as the 19-year-old’s fans are nicknamed, refused to end their vigil outside The Saxon even when a slightly bewildered security guard insisted the star was not staying there.

“He’s at The Westcliff,” the guard told a determined posse of teenage girls.

“We’ve got inside information that he is staying here – we are not going anywhere,” said one young fan.

Meanwhile, over at The Westcliff, a very grumpy Amirah Boyles was haranguing security guards for information about her hero.

“Where is Justin Bieber?” the five-year-old demanded. Amirah and her family drove from Durban for tomorrow night’s concert.

A slightly older group of fans at The Westcliff decided to sing one of Bieber’s hits, Boyfriend, in a bid to lure the singer out.

Two employees at The Westcliff said that Bieber’s band was staying there, but not the star himself.

At The Saxon, 10-year-old Nicci Spark didn’t care about the cold afternoon wind.

She just wanted to touch her idol. “If he touches my head I will faint. If he touches my hand I won’t wash it.

“I went to Cape Town to see him perform and wanted to touch him but couldn’t. I was so sad. If I don’t see him today I will see him tomorrow at the stadium,” said Nicci.

Another Belieber, Cinzia Pizzocaro, said she and her mother had been outside The Saxon since yesterday morning.

“I love everything about him. He is just so perfect,” she said.

Her indulgent mother Angela smiled as she explained: “We drove around Jozi looking for the place until somebody told us that he was camping here.

“My daughter is so obsessed with Bieber.

“Her room is adorned with his pictures. I recently imported a Bieber bed cover from America so she can sleep on him.”

Lulu Zuma (12) flew in from Durban yesterday morning to try to catch a glimpse of Bieber before the gig.

“I flew all the way from Durban to see him because I love him to bits. When I heard that he was beaten up (in one of his music videos), I fainted.

“I just wish that I don’t faint when he arrives here, because right now I’m struggling to breathe,” she said.

Not everyone staking out The Saxon considered themselves a Bieber fan.

A couple, who preferred not to give their names, had brought their three children along to try to spot Bieber.

But they’ve had a bad experience with the singer before, the couple explained.

“We took our kids to Liverpool on February 26 to see him perform, because they wanted to meet him. We bought greet-and-meet packages and we paid a fortune,” said the children’s mother.

“We went to him and told him we were South Africans and we went there just to see him, but he just looked at us and never mouthed a word. So this time he must be nice to our kids,” she said.

Bieber’s South African tour is being organised by Big Concerts, whose managing director Justin van Wyk said the young star was in the country with his manager, Scooter Braun, and his mother Pattie Mallette.

Van Wyk said Bieber was indulging in “good, clean fun” like any 19-year-old – albeit one with lots of money to spend.

“In Cape Town he hired some mountain bikes and took a trip at the Waterfront. He’s a bit naughty, but he’s just a kid,” he said.

“He has between 50 to 60 people with him and everyone has a specific job. There are no hangers-on. But some of the work, like make-up and wardrobe, is being handled by locals.”

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