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Turkey and E! have two very different interpretations of Justin Bieber’s concert last night

Turkey and E! have two very different interpretations of Justin Bieber’s concert last night

When Justin Bieber performed in Istanbul on Thursday night, did he halt his concert out of respect for Muslim fans — or because he was getting pelted with toys?

This is the stark question before us today amid reports from U.S. entertainment outlets that the teen pop sensation observed the Muslim tradition of silence during the call to prayer by interrupting his performance. E! Online reports:

Fans were shocked and delighted… when the "Boyfriend" singer paused his show for the first time thanking the singer for being "respectful" and a "great man."

As E! reported, fans rushed to Twitter to praise the artist’s cultural sensitivity:

Some were even more enthusiastic:

And even those indifferent to the Biebs were swayed by the gesture:

But Beliebers and newly converted Beliebers might want to hold their enthusiasm in check. Hurriyet, a leading Turkish daily, is reporting that toys — not the call to prayer — were behind the show’s suspension:

Fans were throwing toys and scarves at the beloved singer as a show of appreciation, but the teen magnet decided he wanted no more of it, and abandoned the stage.

He stayed backstage and refused to come out until an announcement was made in Turkish, informing fans that the show would not go on until the toys stopped coming in.

Bieber then continued on with his show.

The news comes after Bieber caused a stir at an airport in Istanbul by refusing to go through passport control.

So, which is it? A hotheaded diva moment or a gracious act of cultural sensitivity? We may never know what really happened Thursday night — unless, that is, any Turkish Beliebers out there care to step forward as eyewitnesses.