A displeased Justin Bieber fan threw a shoe at the singer when he refused to sing “Despacito” on stage at the Summerburst festival in Stockholm over the weekend.
It was discovered weeks ago that Bieber couldn’t recall the words to his remix of the hit song “Despacito”. A little while back, the Canadian singer was caught singing “blah blah blah” over the song at a New York nightclub.
While on stage at the Summerburst Festival, fans begged Bieber to perform the Spanish song.
“I can’t do that specifically,” the 23-year-old pop sensation told the crowd. “I don’t know the words… I can’t do it.”
That excuse did not satisfy at least one fan, who promptly hurled a shoe at the singer.
“Don’t throw things at me please,” Bieber replied after dodging the flying footwear.
Following the incident, Luis Fonsi — who collaborated with Daddy Yankee and Bieber on the track — came out in support of Bieber’s decision not to perform the hit song in concert.
“I don’t blame him not knowing [the lyrics], and I think we have to give him a little bit of a pass because that’s not his main language,” Fonsi told ABC News Radio, revealing that Bieber’s grasp of Spanish is not the greatest. “We can’t expect the guy to just out of the blue get it perfectly.”
In the interview, Fonsi confirmed The Biebs “had the lyrics in front of him” while he recorded the song, nothing this was the first time that Bieber had ever attempted to sing in Spanish.
“He had a chance to record the chorus in English. We had a full English lyric, and he decided to take the time to record it in Spanish because he wanted to keep the originality of the song,” Fonsi explained.
“So I actually applaud the fact that he took the time in the recording studio to do it, and he did a great job,” he added. “He’s on tour. He’s concentrating on his music. I don’t think we have to be so strict.”