Canadian teen pop star Justin Bieber tweeted that he was “getting better” after collapsing on stage from shortness of breath during a performance in London and being rushed to the hospital on Thursday.
Bieber’s spokeswoman, Melissa Victor, told Reuters that the singer had fainted on stage at his concert at London’s O2 arena and had been taken backstage where he took a 20 minute break and was given oxygen by doctors.
Justin Bieber collapsed on stage from shortness of breath during a performance in London on Thursday night, representatives for the Canadian teen pop star said.
“[Justin’s] heading to the doctor now,” Bieber’s spokeswoman said. “He fainted and took a 20-minute reprieve and was given oxygen.”
Bieber, 19, returned to the stage after the break to finish the show.
“Justin got very light of breath; the whole show he has been complaining,” Bieber’s manager, Scooter Braun, told the crowd in several amateur videos posted on the internet. “He’s backstage with the EMTs [emergency medical technicians] and the doctor.”
Bieber’s spokeswoman said the singer ignored doctors’ orders and returned to the O2 arena stage to finish the performance.
The singer had not been suffering from any health issues prior to the show, she added.
Fans had already started circulating the hashtag #JustinTakeABreak on Twitter after news of his collapse spread.
Bieber was performing for the third out of four nights at the O2 as part of the European leg of his Believe world tour.
The incident follows the singer’s late arrival on stage at the venue on Monday night, after which he issued a public apology to angry fans and parents.