TODAY   |  March 08, 2013

Justin Bieber collapses backstage, is hospitalized

After the pop star ran offstage while having difficulty breathing in London last night, his team says he was given oxygen and insisted on finishing the show before being taken to the hospital. NBC’s Michelle Kosinski reports.

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>>> pop star justin bieber is recovering after a concert scare in london. he fainted backstage and ended up in a hospital. michelle kosinski is following that story for us. michelle, good morning.

>> reporter: hi, savannah. he will be back out here tonight at london's 02 arena . in a video captured by fans last night, it looks like he's trying to catch his breath. he needed to be taken to the hospital but only after his manager says he insisted on finishing the show. all i need

>> reporter: justin bieber 's style is high energy but look what happens during this hit videotaped by a fan. he seems to strpg strug seems to struggle, stop singing and bend over like he's trying to catch his breath.

>> on the set he laid down and he was like, sorry, guys. i can't breathe. i can't breathe.

>> reporter: his team says 19-year-old justin managed to make it backstage and collapsed. his manager addressed the crowd full of worried fans. said he was given oxygen and, against the doctor's orders wanted to return to the stage.

>> if it's okay with you guys, he is going to come out and finish the show.

>> reporter: and bieber returned to a standing ovation. after the concert, a trip to the hospital where the most twitter-followed person on the planet posted pictures, shirt off, headphones on, getting better, he wrote, listening to janis joplin . though he may want to check the spelling of her name.

>> he came out and did the best to his ability and we were really happy. now the hero, after being bashed by furious parents monday when kids on a school night had to wait for just ii iin for nearly two hours to take the stage. he said there were technical difficulties . on his birthday, his entourage was turned away from a nightclub because one friend was only 14. he tweeted worst birthday. he has been sporting a gas mask out and about.

>> he has been very public on twitter about not being happy the way his week is going. he has had a bit of a twitter temper tantrum and had to remove some of his posts. now his fans urge him from take a break from tweets. getting better. thanks for everyone pulling me through tonight. best fans in the world. figuring out what happened. thanks for the love. some people out there now, you might call them nonbelie bechlt rs who are questioning whether this may be a publicity stunt. his manager says he has been complaining about lung problems throughout the show. you can still come here, front row ,