Greater Manchester Mayor, Andy Burnham, last night expressed his dismay after learning that, Canadian pop icon, Justin Bieber, has been confirmed as one of the all-star support acts to Ariana Grande as she performs at Old Trafford cricket ground on Sunday evening in a tribute gig and a fundraiser for the injured victim’s of last week’s terrorist attack and the families of the 22 people who lost their lives in the outrage.
A clearly emotional Burnham, told reporters “Don’t the organisers of this event think that the people of Manchester have suffered enough without being subjected to Bieber’s God-awful racket?
“I’ve written to the organisers personally and have urged them to think again on this one.
“I’ve asked them to consider asking Olly Murs to step into Bieber’s slot. His huge face and sunny disposition could be just what the doctor ordered.
“At the end of the day, anything would be preferable to Bieber’s hideous caterwauling. And let’s not forget there’s always the prospect that he’ll lose the plot and start slagging off his fans and pissing over the people in the front row”
We managed to speak to Bieber at his home in Palm Beach last night who tried to reassure Burnham.
“The Mayor is perfectly entitled to his opinion but there’s no way I would disrespect the people of Manchester by shooting my mouth off or by taking a leak on some of the chumps in the crowd, and just to be on the safe side, I’m going to restrict my fluid intake on the day and make sure I have a whizz before I go on stage”
It is understood that Coldplay have been given the go-ahead to perform, with the proviso that lead singer, Chris Martin, doesn’t start droning on about his failed marriage to Gwyneth Paltrow between numbers.