Usher asked Justin Bieber to perform at his Super Bowl halftime show — but the Baby singer “wasn’t feeling it,” sources told Page Six.
Ahead of Monday’s event, Bieber’s longtime friendship with Usher sparked rumors on social media that the two would team up on stage in front of 65,000 people and a global audience of millions.
Instead, a slightly exhausted Bieber, 29, and his wife Hailey, 27, watched his former mentor’s show from the comfort of Fanatics co-owner Michael Rubin’s $2.5 million suite. at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, where they were seen nodding toward the show.
A music industry source told us: “There is no bad blood between Usher and Justin. Justin just wasn’t up for it – he just wasn’t feeling it.
Usher did his best to try to convince Bieber, according to sources, and wanted to create a moment that paid homage to their shared history.
The halftime star — who reportedly married his longtime love Jennifer Goicoechea in Vegas shortly after the show — played a big role in building the Bieber brand. Usher helped the youngster achieve worldwide fame at just 13 years old after being discovered by music mogul Scooter Braun, and the pair did a duet on Someone to love in 2010.
In 2019, Bieber opened up about his struggles with anxiety. In September 2022, he canceled the remaining dates of his Justice tour following his diagnosis of Ramsay Hunt syndrome.
In addition to a painful rash, the syndrome can cause facial paralysis and hearing loss. At the time, the musician wrote that touring “took a toll on me.”
But earlier this month, he performed live for the first time in over a year, during an intimate concert at Drake’s History Club in Toronto ahead of the 2024 NHL All-Star Weekend.
In Vegas, Bieber was more than happy to soak up the weekend vibe.
He was seen at Rubin’s Super Bowl party at Marquee Dayclub at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas on Saturday, jumping behind the DJ booth and hanging out with rapper Travis Scott.
Before halftime, a fan wrote on X that Bieber and Usher together “could solve world hunger, end global warming, clean oceans, build villages.”
Instead, Usher brought in guest stars Alicia Keys and H.E.R. along with Lil Jon, Ludacris, Jermaine Dupri, Will.i.am, a full marching band and an army of Sin City dancers and showgirls.
However, another fan wrote: “Usher brought all these people on stage and none of them were Justin Bieber. »
Despite some poor reviews regarding Usher’s performance, the series was watched by just over 30 million households, according to figures released after the Super Bowl.
This article was originally published on Page Six and has been reproduced with permission.