Is Justin Bieber feeling the strain of touring? Recent events in Israel would suggest he is struggling to maintain his squeaky clean image. The practising Christian has been very upset at having to miss out of once in a lifetime trips to holy sites and now it seems he may be refusing to meet his fans.
TMZ has recently reported that the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, refused a meeting with the teen pop sensation.
The singer is in Tel Aviv for his sell-out concert in Hayarkon Park tomorrow. This is the singer’s first time in Israel and it has been suggested that he was scheduled to meet President Netanyahu. However, according to TMZ, the Prime Minister has cancelled his meeting with Bieber, after the 17-year old reportedly turned down the chance to meet local children from Gaza who had recently been under rocket fire.
The claims have been denied by Bieber’s spokesperson, Matthew Hiltzik. He said, “Justin welcomes the chance to meet with kids facing difficult circumstances, regardless of their background.” In fact, he stated, “the meeting had never been finalized.” He stressed that Bieber had already invited children from the region bordering Gaza to be special guests at his show in Tel Aviv on Thursday.
That is what we expect from the Biebs. But, the discussion has continued as to who to blame for the cancelled meeting.
Israeli newspaper “Haaretz” said Netanyahu cancelled the meeting over Bieber’s unwillingness to meet the children. In reply, the Prime Minister’s Office were more circumspect, saying that they received a request from Bieber’s people to meet with the prime minister and Netanyahu asked to have children from the south attend the meeting in order to encourage them and create a PR effect. “It was unfortunately not possible.”
Justin, a practising Christian, has Tweeted to beg the paparazzi to give him some “time out” in the Holy Land. “All I wanted was the chance to walk where Jesus did here in Israel” he said, upset at having to cancel scheduled trips to the Dead Sea, Masada and Caesarea after he was papped in other religious sites.
“Take pictures of me eating but not in a place of prayer, ridiculous … People wait their whole lives for opportunities like this, why would they want to take that experience away from someone?” His later Tweets showed his disappointment, stating that he would be holed up in his hotel room between concerts for the rest of his stay in Israel.
Is fame or tour pressure getting to Justin Bieber?