BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Fans News 4 spoke with Monday night described Justin Bieber as “perfect,” but other fans say the pop star was less than perfect when they met him backstage during his Buffalo concert.
Some fans paid hundreds of dollars for backstage access but say Bieber arrived one-and-a-half hours late to a scheduled meet and greet. And that was only the beginning of the disappointment.
Ashley Balicki said, “They were $650 each and the experience really wasn’t worth the money.”
Alyssa Milone added, “We paid $900 each for them.”
Balicki and Milone say they are two of Bieber’s biggest fans, and each were willing to pay top dollar for the opportunity to meet with the pop star one-on-one during a meet-and-greet before the concert. But both left disappointed.
Pictures from the once-in-a-lifetime experience appear to show a less than enthused Bieber wearing a hat and sunglasses inside First Niagara Center.
“They said that we would be able to ask him questions, ask for a hug, and you walked in and you were out,” Milone said. “You only took a picture and that was it.”
Balicki added, “I’ve looked at other meet and greet pictures. He looks like he’s having fun, being goofy, taking funny poses. And he just stood there like a wax figure. He didn’t move, he didn’t acknowledge me, he didn’t look at me, didn’t get a hello…it was really disappointing.”
Balicki says a DJ for one of the other performers told her Bieber hasn’t been himself.
“He said Justin’s just been hanging out with the wrong crowd and sometimes he could be moody. He said he might have just been in a bad mood,” she said.
Her dad, Rick Balicki, added, “Maybe he was having a bad day, but when people are paying that kind of money, I think you suck it up and act and put on a show like you do in front of the thousands of fans.”
The situation inside the concert had some frustrated as well. Fans say Bieber took the stage about an hour late of the scheduled time.
Kristy Taylor, who took her daughters to the concert, said, “I even inquired and asked if he was even there or what was taking so long and they just told me it was Bieber being Bieber; he does it all the time.”
But these teens say despite their experience, they haven’t been cured of their Bieber fever.
“It opened my eyes a little bit, but I think I’m still going to stick with him,” Milone said.
Balicki added, “I love him. I got to stand in the same room as him. I touched him. But I just wish he was the person he says he is, who he preaches that he is.”
News 4 reached out to Bieber’s media representatives, but did not hear back.