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London, UK - March 7, 2013

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POP STAR JUSTIN BIEBER SAYS HE'S FEELING BETTER AFTER FAINTING BACKSTAGE AT A CONCERT IN LONDON THURSDAY NIGHT.

Soundbite: Michael Weinfeld/AP Broadcast Entertainment Editor

He started feeling like he couldn't breathe very well. And a video from a fan shows that he stopped dancing, put his hands on head then he bent over and put his hands on his knees catching his breath. He walked over to the end of the stage and then went backstage, where we're told he fainted.

HE WENT BACKSTAGE WHERE HE WAS GIVEN OXYGEN AND TOOK A 20-MINUTE BREAK BEFORE FINISHING HIS SET. A SPOKESWOMAN FOR BIEBER SAYS HE WAS RECOVERING AFTER BEING RELEASED FROM THE HOSPITAL FOR A CHECK-UP.

IN A TWEET TO MORE THAN 35-MILLION OF HIS FOLLOWERS, BIEBER THANKED FANS FOR HELPING HIM GET THROUGH THE NIGHT.

Soundbite: Michael Weinfeld/AP Broadcast Entertainment Editor

The fainting spell might have to do with what happened earlier in the week. He's been under a lot of stress because he's been getting criticized everywhere for, well first he was criticized by his fans for showing up to his concert nearly two hours late. He didn't start until 10:30pm.

HE LATER APOLOGIZED AND BLAMED IT ON TECHNICAL ISSUES.

LONDON'S O-2 ARENA SAYS FRIDAY NIGHT'S SHOW IS SET TO GO ON AS PLANNED.

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