Blind fan says she can’t see Justin Bieber, but loves him

Written by Yazeed Kamaldien

She has never set sight on Justin Bieber but that has not stopped Emma Daniels from being a Belieber.
The 13-year-old was born blind but since the day she heard the pop singer’s music she has always thought of him as a “gentleman.” Daniels was among thousands of children and teenage girls at Bieber’s debut concert in South Africa at the Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday night.

Emma Daniels is blind and have never seen Justin Bieber... but she's a fan. Picture by Yazeed Kamaldien

Emma Daniels is blind and have never seen Justin Bieber… but she’s a fan. Picture by Yazeed Kamaldien

“I’m a Belieber,” said Daniels, referring to herself in Bieber-speak as a die-hard fan.
“I’ve never seen Justin before. I have no idea what he looks like. I know he’s not as big as those rugby players,” she said.

“I’ll only know what he looks like when I meet him. I usually hug people and touch their hair to know they look like.”

Justin Bieber on stage at the Cape Town Stadium on May 8 2013. Picture by Yazeed Kamaldien

Justin Bieber on stage at the Cape Town Stadium on May 8 2013. Picture by Yazeed Kamaldien

She added: “I think Justin is so gentle because when he writes love songs he writes it with such passion.”

Her mother Suzanne Daniels said her daughter was a “big fan.”

She doesn’t even bother to ask what he looks like. But I told her he’s got a funny hairstyle. For her, it’s more about a connection with people and that is not based on what they look like. It’s more about how she feels about them,” said the mother.

The teen superstar used a video camera to project one of his acts on to big screens at his live show. Picture by Yazeed Kamaldien

The teen superstar used a video camera to project one of his acts on to big screens at his live show. Picture by Yazeed Kamaldien

Bieber’s started his 80-minute concert shortly before 9pm with the song ‘All Around the World’ off his latest album ‘Believe’. He was dressed in white and as the show progressed, he ended up bare-chested and up close with fans in the Golden Circle area right up against the stage.

The 19-year-old superstar flirted with the teenage girls screaming for his attention. He also offered them words of encouragement throughout his show.

“Whatever you’re going through right now, everything’s going to be alright,” he said before belting out his hit ‘Never Say Never’.

Justin Bieber and his dancers on stage in Cape Town. Picture by Yazeed Kamaldien

Justin Bieber and his dancers on stage in Cape Town. Picture by Yazeed Kamaldien

He later placed a chair on the stage for a special audience member whom he serenades at each concert with his song ‘One Less Lonely Girl’. A young girl who identified herself as Nellie on stage was the special girl for the night.

Bieber played the piano and also a drum set. He offered his drumsticks to a lucky fan.

He thank his fans too: “You’ve given me the opportunity to do what I love everyday of my life.” Then dedicated his hit ‘As Long As You Love Me’ to fans for the “crazy adventure we’ve been on together.”
Fans were not disappointed. Bianca Walters said the show was a “once in a lifetime chance to see Justin Bieber.”

“We were here since 2am this morning. We were at the Bon Jovi concert last night and then came back here in the morning to make sure that we could be here to stand in front,” she said.

Chandini Jawoodien added: “I love Justin. He’s so cute. I have been here since 6am. It was tiring but I wanted to be right in front to see him. I ran to get to the front when they opened the doors.”

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About Yazeed Kamaldien

Self-employed journalist and photographer from South Africa.

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