The pop star, who sings on a remix of the Luis Fonsi track with Daddy Yankee, can be heard all over the airwaves worldwide. But at a concert last weekend, he refused to perform the hit single because he didn’t know the words.
When the audience at Stockholm’s Summerburst Festival requested that Bieber perform “Despacito” live, Bieber swiftly declined, per video taken from the concert by a fan. “I can’t do ‘Despacito.’ I don’t even know it,” the singer can be heard saying. “I can’t do the song. I can’t do it.”
Kudos for the honesty? Nope. One audience member apparently didn’t like that response and decided to throw a water bottle aimed at Bieber’s head, which the “Sorry” singer successfully dodged. Bieber appeared to take the whole thing in stride, telling the crowd, “Woah, don’t throw things at me, please.”
This follows an awkward incident in which the 23-year-old Canadian attempted to perform “Despacito” at a recent show in New York but instead sang, “blah blah,” and replaced some lyrics with the words “Dorito” and “burrito.”
Fonsi, for one, didn’t seem to mind that Bieber butchered his Spanish-language song in concert.
“That chorus is not easy to sing, even for fluent Spanish singers like myself,” Fonsi told Rolling Stone. “It’s got a lot of lyrics, it’s kind of tongue-twisty ... I’ve done songs in other languages. I know how hard it is.”
At least Bieber has one person in his corner.