Usher asked Justin Bieber to attend his Super Bowl halftime show — but the “Baby” singer “wasn’t feeling it,” sources told Page Six.
Ahead of Sunday’s event, Bieber’s longtime friendship with Usher sparked rumors on social media that the two would reunite on stage in front of 65,000 people and a global audience of millions.
Instead, a slightly exhausted-looking 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 were given nods to the performance.
A music industry source told us: “There is no bad blood between Usher and Justin. Justin just wasn’t ready for it – he just didn’t have the feel for it.”
According to sources, Usher did his best to convince Bieber and wanted to create a moment that paid tribute to their shared history.
Justin Bieber declined Usher’s invitation to join him during his Super Bowl halftime show – but the two remain friends, sources said. AFP via Getty Images Usher strips naked during his Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday night. He had a lot of star friends on stage – but no Justin Bieber, even though he asked him to. REUTERS Bieber and Usher performed a duet on “Somebody to Love” in 2010. WireImage
The halftime star – who reportedly married his longtime love Jennifer Goicoechea in Vegas shortly after the show – was instrumental in the creation of the Bieber brand. After being discovered by music mogul Scooter Braun, Usher helped the young man achieve worldwide fame at just 13 years old, and the pair performed a duet on 2010’s “Somebody to Love.”
In 2019, Bieber opened up about his struggles with anxiety. In September 2022, he canceled the remaining dates of his “Justice” tour after being diagnosed with 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 real toll on me.”
Bieber looked slightly disheveled as he and his wife Hailey watched the game from Fanatics owner Michael Rubin’s $2.5 million suite. AFP via Getty Images Hailey Bieber looked glamorous as the couple arrived at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on Sunday. The Daily Stardust / CPR / BACKGRID
But earlier this month he performed live for the first time in more than a year, in an intimate performance 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’s atmosphere.
He was spotted at Rubin’s star-studded Super Bowl party at Marquee Dayclub at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Saturday, where he hopped behind the DJ booth and hung out with rapper Travis Scott.
Usher helped mentor Bieber after he was discovered by Scooter Braun at the age of 13. The couple was spotted back in 2011. Sources at Getty Images told Page Six that there is “no bad blood” between Usher and Bieber, seen here in 2009. FilmMagic
Before the halftime show, A fan wrote on X that together, Bieber and Usher could “solve world hunger, end global warming, clean the oceans and build villages.”
Instead, Usher brought guest stars Alicia Keys and HER along with Lil Jon, Ludacris, Jermaine Dupri, Will.i.am, a full brass band, and an army of Sin City dancers and showgirls.
SHE joined a half-naked Usher on stage. REUTERS
However, another fan wrote“Usher brought all these people on stage and none of them were Justin Bieber.”
Despite some poor reviews for Usher’s performance, the film was viewed by just over 30 million households, according to figures released Monday.