Luis Fonsi Defends Justin Bieber for Not Singing “Despacito”

During the Summerburst Festival in Stockholm, a fan threw a water bottle at Justin Bieber after he told the audience, “I can’t do ‘Despacito.’ I don’t even know it.”

In May, Bieber performed at the 1 Oak nightclub in New York City and forgot the lyrics to the hit song. He sang, “Nos vamos pegando, I quit smoking ciggies,” instead of “Nos vamos pegando, poquito a poquito.” 

The 23-year-old pop singer was featured on Luis Fonsi’s remix of “Despacito” with rapper Daddy Yankee. The remix single was released back in April, and Bieber can be heard singing in Spanish for the first time.

Although Fonsi would like for Bieber to learn the lyrics, he told ABC News Radio ”I don’t blame him not knowing [the lyrics], and I think we have to give him a little bit of a pass because that’s not his main language.”

Fonsi went on to say that Bieber wanted to record the chorus in Spanish in order “to keep the originality of the song.” Fonsi admired Bieber’s effort to learn a different language saying “he did a great job.

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