For some, Coachella is about flower crowns , Steely Dads and the possibility of bumping into Nev Schulman at Alexa Chung’s pool party. For others (namely Justin Bieber), it’s about being denied entry into the Drake show, arguing with security and being lead from festival grounds in a chokehold.
Bieber and his entourage were trying to gain access to the artist’s entrance during Drake’s concert on Sunday night, but were told by security that the area was at capacity. The group that they had the proper wristbands for entry and claimed that Drake had personally invited Bieber to watch from the private area. TMZ reports that,
At that point a Coachella staffer came up to Bieber and said she would escort him inside the artist’s area. She grabbed Bieber by the arm and began walking him and his security team inside, when Coachella security came up from behind and put Bieber in a chokehold.
Video footage shows an annoyed but unagitated Bieber being escorted from the area by security (the alleged chokehold does not happen on camera). According to TMZ, he’s considering legal action against the security guards. #festivallife
Silver lining for Justin: He may have been escorted out of Coachella in a (seemingly unnecessarily) violent way, but at least he was fortunate enough to miss Madonna’s attempt to suck the relevance out of Drake and Drake’s subsequent horror about the whole ordeal. Don’t read too much into his grimace, though: Champagne Papi swears he was happy with smooch.
“Don’t misinterpret my shock!! I got to make out with the queen Madonna and I feel 100 about that forever. Thank you @madonna,” he wrote on Instagram. If you say so, Drake. If you say so.