Every 20 minutes or so, 300 girls jump up and down, pull at their hair, sob and let out hysterical, traffic-stopping screams. ‘Is it him? Is it Justin? Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God! I love you so much!’
And then — yet another false alarm — they sit down again and get back to bickering about who loves Justin Bieber the most.
'Oh my God, I adore him. I dream about him every night.’
'No! I love him more. He’s my inspiration. He’s my idol. I love everything about him — apart from his girlfriend.’
Welcome to Day Four of the Justin Bieber vigil outside the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, West London where — despite a week of torrential rain and buffeting winds — spirits are high.
'I’ve seen him three times getting into the car and I even saw his bare chest,’ shrieks Carly, 14, from Walthamstow. ‘This is the best week of my life.’
Like Carly, hundreds of girls have been here since Monday, waiting and waiting and waiting to see the Canadian pop sensation and shrieking every 20 minutes or so, just in case.
They have no shelter, no sleeping bags (‘We didn’t think to bring one’), no proper food (they’ve been living on Red Bull and Big Macs), but all sport bulging make-up bags.
Nearly all of these young girls should be at school. In fact, many are wearing their uniforms.
'We haven’t been to college for four days,’ says Paige, 16. ‘But at the moment Justin Bieber’s more important than my GCSEs. My parents think I’m crazy but they don’t understand how much we love him.’
Emmen, 11, and Oceanne, 12, from Gatwick, have come in their school uniforms. ‘I don’t care if anyone says I’m too young,’ says Oceanne. ‘He’s hot and sexy and I love him.’
So she and Emmen bunked off school and walked an hour across London from Victoria station. ‘We didn’t have a map, so we asked every single person we saw if they knew the way to Justin Bieber.’
For anyone not up to speed on teen pop idols, Justin Bieber is a pop star from Stratford, Ontario.
He is 18 years old, a Christian, possibly a virgin (he swore an oath of chastity to his mother but doesn’t seem to wear his chastity ring any more), is worth £65 million and has sold eight million records.
The film of one of his concerts, Never Say Never, grossed over £62 million.
He has nearly 21 million Twitter followers (recent tweets include ‘who am i? the luckiest guy on the planet. im a fighter for what i believe in but i have millions next to me. Thankyou’) and gains a new follower every second.
To my Chinese friends, As many of you know, I recently engaged in behavior which was regrettable and not what people have come to expect from me. The past few days have been tough
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