Justin Bieber left his fans rather surprised and put-out when he told his audience at his gig in Manchester this week to be quiet while he singing.

On Thursday (October 20th), in the first of three live dates in the city as part of the UK leg of his Purpose World Tour, the Canadian singer tried to talk to his audience in between songs and explain to them why his mammoth tour was called what it is.

“Try and stay as quiet as possible,” he said. “You can scream as much as you want afterwards but while I'm singing try and stay quiet.”

Which obviously didn’t work, as the audience simply kept screaming at him. “I just thought I could have a moment to say something. I can cut [it] if you want,” he said forlornly, in a moment captured in a fan's video. “I'm trying to engage but if you guys don't want to, I'll play the music.”

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During the same gig, the Manchester Evening News reported that Bieber had urged fans to be quiet while he sung two ballads.

Justin BieberJustin Bieber after a gig in London in October 2016

Earlier in the week, while playing in Birmingham, Bieber had done the same thing, telling the adoring crowd that while he admired their devotion he’d like to be able to talk to them.

“Guys, can you do me a favour? Can you guys just relax for like two seconds?” he told them. “I’m like two feet away from you, I can hear you. I appreciate it, I appreciate all the love, it's amazing, but can you show it in a different way? Screaming is just so obnoxious.”

Lately, the 22 year old has had a slightly difficult relationship with some of his more dedicated Beliebers. He asked fans not to ask for any more photos, as they made him “feel like a zoo animal”.

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