A MOTHER has spoken of her night of hell stuck in central London after Justin Bieber failed to turn up on time at a concert.
Joanne Flexman, 42, of Chelmsford Road in North End, Portsmouth, was at London’s O2 Arena with her Bieber-fanatic daughter Molly, 13, a year nine pupil at Mayfield School, to see the Canadian popstar’s show as a £234 birthday treat.
But Joanne and Molly, along with friend Emma Buchan, of Stamshaw, who had paid £120 to take her daughter Ellie, seven, were left stranded in a McDonald’s when they missed the last train after the star turned up nearly two hours late on stage.
The pop sensation was due to perform at 8.30pm but did not show until 10.20pm – more than an hour after support act Carly Rae Jepsen finished.
Joanne said: ‘This was her birthday present – it was a once in a life time thing, I knew I’d never be able to afford to do it again.
‘She had always wanted to see him, her walls are covered with Justin Bieber, on her bed – everywhere.
‘We were really fed up waiting – she loved it when he was on stage but it was so late that the girls were getting too tired to enjoy it.’
When the concert finally ended around midnight the audience scrambled to get to the final underground trains running.
The four missed out and had to make an hour-long bus journey to London Waterloo station – just as it closed.
With nowhere else to turn they went to a 24-hour McDonald’s in the Strand to wait just after 3am for the first train back to Portsmouth from Waterloo station at 5am.
Joanne said: ‘It was full of drunk people, it was awful, the language was dreadful and my friend’s daughter got locked in the toilet.
‘The girls were crying, they just wanted to go home and we couldn’t get home so we sat in there until about 3.10am.’
But when they finally reached Waterloo station the two mums had to fork out £99.30 for four train tickets as the ones they had were no longer valid.
Bieber’s late showing at the O2 Arena was not explained, according to fans at the show, and many blasted the 19-year-old Canadian with messages on Twitter.
Some complained they were stranded after the late finish and a number of others had to miss the gig altogether in order to catch the last train home from London.
It was the first of Bieber’s four nights at the London venue.
At 11.36pm, the official account for the 02 tweeted: “Justin Bieber is now on stage and apologises for the lateness of his show.”
It later added: “Sorry to all the Justin Bieber fans for the lateness of his show tonight. The Tube will still be running when the show finishes.”
An official account for Transport for London warned the Jubilee line would be busy following the concert, with the last train at 12.15am.
The world-wide Believe tour has already stopped in Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham and Nottingham.
Bieber has been photographed on a string of nights out since he arrived in the UK for his shows, including one appearance in which he was seen outside topless in chilly weather.