He won't perform the song anymore because he doesn't know the words

By Eric King
June 13, 2017 at 11:53 AM EDT
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Over the weekend, Justin Bieber joined the millions of Americans who love the hit song “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi but don’t know the Spanish lyrics. The only problem is, he’s the featured vocalist on the track, which recently hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

After he told the crowd at Summerburst Music Festival in Stockholm, Sweden, “I can’t do ‘Despacito.’ I don’t even know it,” a disgruntled fan chucked an object — a shoe or a water bottle, maybe — at him. He dodged it and, instead of storming off-stage like he’s done in the past, calmly said, “Don’t throw things at me, please.”

It’s not the first time he’s been the target of a rogue item, and it’s not the first time he’s been publicly exposed for not knowing the lyrics to this song. At one concert in May, he told the audience, “I don’t know the words so I say, ‘Dorito,’” or “burrito” or “blah blah blah.”His not knowing the lyrics is even more puzzling considering, according to Fonsi, it was his idea to sing the Spanish in the first place. In an interview with EW, the Latin star said he thought Bieber would sing it in English. “But then, to my surprise, I hear the first chorus and it’s him singing in Spanish!” Fonsi remembers. “I definitely didn’t tell him to do that.”