As we wait for Justin Bieber to make his entrance, Steve says, “I’m going to ask him why he is so perfect.”
I swivel around to face him: “Do it.”
“Do we identify ourselves before we ask the question?”
“Hi, Steve Murray, National Post, Tiger Beat division.”
Steve, the paper’s fabulous graphic columnist, and I attended the press conference for Bieber’s 3-D film Never Say Never and live-blogged the event.
Here’s my timeline from the afternoon which was published in the Post:
1:00 p.m. We arrive at the hotel. No sign of Bieber or any fans, also known as “Beliebers.”
1:15 First fan sighting: A group of girls are camped outside the ballroom. They woke up at 4 a.m. to get a glimpse of The Bieb. “We went to the Metropolitan first because that’s were he usually stays,” one girl says. “When we got the tweet that he was here, we took a cab here,” says her friend.
1:22 Steve and I find seats in the front row with Leah Renaud, a 12-year-old reporter with TVOKids. “I’m going to ask him if he felt any difference between being on tour and being filmed on tour,” she says. “I was going to ask him what his favourite colour is,” Steve says. “Purple,” she answers immediately.
2:12 Steve practices how he will identify himself: “Hi, Steve Murray, National Post, Tiger Beat division.” He is wearing hot pink so Bieber will notice him.
2:30 The press conference is running a half-hour late. The Bieber fever is dwindling.
2:31 “I’m getting impatient. I might just leave,” Steve writes on the Post’s live blog, panicking fans.
2:44 Bieber walks into the room. He looks like a kid coming from school, dressed in a pair of jeans and a grey hoodie. He immediately wants to know where the fans are. The reporters in the room give him a lame cheer. “I love you guys but what’s the point if my fans aren’t here?” he says.
2:45 Security allows a group of excited girls into the ballroom.
2:50 Bieber on haters: “A lot of people think that I’m [from] some factory machine and people put me together like a product, but I worked really hard to get here.”
2:54 Bieber tells reporters that he cleans his room, just like regular people.
2:56 What does the teen miss most about Canada? Tim Hortons. “I miss my Iced Capps.”
3:00 Never Say Never’s director, Jon Chu, talks about the hours of home videos that he had available. “His mother shot him since he was little,” he says. “Not literally shot. Filmed,” Bieber adds to avoid any confusion.
3:04 Steve takes the microphone and Bieber compliments his shirt: “Good colour. Real men wear pink.”
3:05 Steve asks him three questions from fans: “Would you ever fall in love with a fan? Why are you so perfect? Why are you obsessed with Chuck Norris?”
3:06 Bieber: “The top question that I get out of those three is probably, ‘Why am I so perfect?’ I just don’t know how to answer that question. I’m not perfect.” Steve says: “It’s just who you are.”
3:08 Growing up in a small town has made him humble, Bieber says. “I didn’t have a lot of money growing up. I lived in a little apartment. … I was just as happy then as I am now.” So equally happy, just with a kazillion more dollars.
3:11 Before the press conference wraps up, a fan is allowed one question. “Will you marry me?” she asks. “We get that question at least once a day,” Bieber says. “The answer is, never say never, right?”