Justin Bieber meet and greet 'lasted for only 20 seconds'
JUSTIN Bieber has come under fire after some fans left his Nottingham concert feeling let down.
The teenage pop star was an hour late on stage at the Capital FM Arena on Saturday – some people had to leave because they had young children.
And those who paid for a meet and greet were also upset – saying that after a two-hour wait their experience lasted "no more than 20 seconds".
Rachel Leslie paid £330 a ticket for her and her daughter Freya, 14, to meet Bieber.
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They arrived at 2.30pm to start queuing for check-in at 3.45pm but no one was allowed through until 5.55pm.
"The value of the tickets isn't an issue for me as the whole experience was for my teenage daughter and the look on her face was going to be priceless," said Mrs Leslie, of Newark.
"I was very much mistaken – she came out and was absolutely distraught about the whole thing – she didn't even want to stay for the show.
"When we eventually got in there it was click, click and we were ushered out again – the whole thing lasted no more than 20 seconds. I spoke to so many people afterwards and they were all very disappointed, and when we came out there were kids everywhere in floods of tears, not because they'd met him, but because it was over so quickly."
Afterwards Mrs Leslie met other family, including her six-year-old daughter, to see the show, which was due to start at 9pm. Bieber appeared on stage at 10pm.
Mrs Leslie said: "The little kids were worn out. We didn't get back to Newark until 1am.
"At the end of the day these kids have been fans from day one and this was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for them and it's gone completely out of the window. I'm so upset and disheartened by the whole thing."
Carly Meli, 31, of Bestwood Park, gave her son, seven, and daughter, four, tickets for Christmas.
"My daughter was just so distraught we had to go before he was even on stage," she said. "There was no apology or anything – I'm disgusted.
"We've got tickets for One Direction later in the year and my daughter is refusing to go after Saturday."
Meanwhile, Caroline Leitch, 46, of Burton Joyce, whose daughter Scarlett won the meet and greet session with Bieber, said: "I thought Scarlett would be disappointed but she was chuffed."
A spokeswoman for Capital FM Arena said: "Unfortunately we were not informed as to why the artist was late, therefore the venue was unable to announce the delay.
"The venue's facilities were used for the meet and greets but the responsibility and management of them lies solely with the promoter and the artist's management team."
Bieber's promoters AEG Live refused to comment.
Read our review of Justin Bieber's concert here.
What do you think - should Justin Bieber be treating his fans like this?