Justin Bieber has left the building.
Yesterday teatime (Wednesday, October 26) the Canadian pop idol waved goodbye to his futuristic temporary home on Helsby Hill as he was chauffeur-driven to Sheffield for another gig on his world tour.
Disappointingly he didn’t wave goodbye to fans, known as Beliebers, who had waited patiently on Hill Road North for a glimpse of the star, leaving many feeling deflated.
Bieber had stayed for about a week alongside homeowner and Widnes Vikings chairman Steve O’Connor and family who live in the space-age house which is on sale for £4.695m.
Mr O’Connor told The Chronicle ‘it’s a big place’ when asked how everyone was managing to co-habit.
Well, it does boast five bedrooms and 10 bathrooms not to mention luxuries such as a helipad, indoor pool, football pitch and even private quarters for staff. But it's believed Bieber‘s entourage had been staying 10 miles up the road in Chester at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel near Hoole .
When The Chronicle arrived at Helsby Hill, security officers explained that Justin, who had been performing in Manchester and Birmingham, was asleep. One local was even approached because her dog was barking and might disturb him.
But then boxes of designer goodies began to arrive followed by the local pizza delivery boy and it appeared the 22-year-old had woken up.
About 30 mainly female fans waited on the lane outside but when the cavalcade of blacked-out vehicles rolled past nobody knew for sure if Bieber was on board.
It was left to Mr O’Connor to tell them: “He has gone.”
Helsby High School pupil Claire Beech, 13, was accompanied by her mum Emma, who is apparently more of a fan than she is.
Claire, who lives in Helsby , said: “We came to see what was what and then we found that he was still in the house and everybody was freaking out. My friend Charlotte cried. I was shaking.”
The teenager was slightly brassed off her idol didn’t say goodbye.
“All the security guards knew that we’d been waiting two hours. He didn’t even wave or open the window or anything,” she said.
Mum Emma, who left work early to see the Bieber, said: “I saw him the first time around when he came about but I think his music now is a lot different.
“I think he’s a lot more entertaining and his concerts are not just music concerts, it’s a big show.”
Asked about his diva-like behaviour at the Manchester gig when he walked off stage in protest at fans screaming between songs, Emma commented: “As a person, he’s not my favourite person. There’s a lot of things he does I don’t agree with but I also appreciate he appeals to my daughter’s age group.”
She believes the global star could have gestured to her daughter and other fans as he left Helsby for the last time.
“OK, it has been leaked, he is where he is and I kind of think it’s only a group of school kids and a few mums like myself, they’re not going to do any harm. All they want is a bit of a wave or even better a smile. It’s a little bit rude not to wave. I know he’s in the public eye all the time but it would have been nice.”