Oprah Winfrey was back to interviewing A-list stars Wednesday in Chicago just like the old days, only this time it was pop star Justin Bieber at RL restaurant rather than Harpo Studios and it was for OWN’s “Oprah’s Next Chapter” rather than "The Oprah Winfrey Show.”
“Me and the Bieber just finished our interview,” Winfrey tweeted Wednesday. “Good stuff! # NextChapter.”
Bieber sang to the large crowd waiting outside the restaurant afterward (one Tribune colleague who happened to be walking by estimated it was around 150-200 people) and then went shopping with Winfrey next door at the Ralph Lauren store. RL chef Ryan Pitts said the restaurant was closed during the duration of the interview and added that RL and Winfrey brought in security for the occasion.
Winfrey was on hand Tuesday for the first of Bieber's two shows at the Allstate Arena and tweeted a photo of herself at the venue. “BELIEVE concert so impressive,” Winfrey tweeted. “Thanks for a SUPER FUN nite Can't wait to talk to you tomorrow!”
RL has always been a favorite of Winfrey’s in Chicago. She took Tom Cruise and then-wife Katie Holmes there the night before they appeared on her talk show in May 2010.
Bieber, who appeared on Winfrey's show that same month, opted for dinner Monday at Ron of Japan in the Gold Coast and had his people pick up Giordano's stuffed pizza to go following Tuesday's concert. Bieber had one of his people pass on a thank you note to Giordano's later that night.
Winfrey's interview with Bieber will air internationally Nov. 25. According to a press release sent out by OWN, "Bieber opens up to Winfrey about his growth as an artist, the pitfalls of fame and living in the spotlight."
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