Bieber at the airport’s Kalina Gate, in what seemed like his departure from city. Pic/Yogen Shah
Renuka Vyavahare (BOMBAY TIMES; May 12, 2017)

Justin Bieber's exit from Mumbai was as hush-hush as his arrival on Wednesday at 1.30 am. While it was speculated that he would tour India for a few days, it came as a surprise when he left for South Africa soon after his concert in Navi Mumbai the same night. The hype around his visit turned out to be a damp squib, as he skipped all the plans chalked out for him, including attending high profile parties.

A source revealed, “Justin reached the concert venue at 7.55 pm, was on stage at 8.10 pm and made a backdoor exit at 9.45 pm. He headed straight to the Kalina airport, from where he boarded his private jet to Johannesburg, where he will perform on May 14. He chose to travel by road both ways, though a chopper was kept on hold for him.“

However, in what turned out to be a hurried 22-hour visit to India (since he extended his stay in Dubai), the pop star managed to soak in the sights and sounds of Mumbai as much as possible.

The source adds, “Before heading for his concert, Justin went to the slums in Reay Road and Shivaji Nagar (in Govandi), accompanied by security in-charge Shera and his personal bodyguards. He interacted with underprivileged children and played football with them. He also visited the Deonar dumping ground and finally, headed to a shopping mall in Navi Mumbai, where he grabbed a drink at an American coffee shop. He even visited the Gateway of India at 4 am on Wednesday morning but that's all he could manage in a day's time.“

While Justin crooned to his hit song, Let Me Love You, at the concert, he didn't give Mumbai enough time to love him back.
MID-DAY (May 12, 2017)

Immediately after Justin Bieber wrapped up his act at the D Y Patil Stadium on Wednesday night, he disappeared into thin air. No one, except his inner circle, knew where he was headed. The paps lost sight of him as soon as he left the stadium. He vamoosed from the scene only to be spotted later in the night making his exit from the airport’s Kalina Gate No 8. Looked like Mumbai’s humid weather had got to the pop idol. He was spotted making his way to the terminal barebodied.

But Beiber had other plans up his sleeve. Those in the know state they were clueless where he took off to. The organisers had said he would be visiting Delhi and Agra after Mumbai. But till the time of going to press, no one had any clue of whether he was in India or had left the country. To add to the bizarre turn of events, the public relations representative of St Regis, the Lower Parel hotel where Bieber stayed during his brief day-long visit to Mumbai, continues to maintain that he never checked in. But then what can you expect of a 23-year-old who also happens to be a pop icon? Bieber at the airport’s Kalina Gate, in what seemed like his departure from city.