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Justin Bieber
Photograph of Justin Bieber
Bieber at the 2012 NRJ Music Awards
Born Justin Drew Bieber
(1994-03-01) March 1, 1994 (age 21)
London, Ontario, Canada
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Years active 2008–present
Home town Stratford, Ontario, Canada
Parent(s) Jeremy Jack Bieber
Patricia Mallette
Musical career
  • Vocals
  • guitar[1]
Associated acts Usher

Justin Drew Bieber (/ˈbbər/; born March 1, 1994)[2][3] is a Canadian singer and songwriter. Bieber's current manager, Scooter Braun, first discovered him through his YouTube videos in 2007.[4] Braun was impressed with the videos, which resulted in him contacting Bieber's mother, Patricia Mallette, about wanting to work with Bieber. Having convinced his mother to work with him, Braun arranged for Bieber to meet with singer-songwriter Usher, in Atlanta, Georgia. As a result, Bieber was signed to RBMG,[5] a record label based in Atlanta, jointly with Island Records via the Island Def Jam Music Group with a recording contract offered by a prominent record executive, L.A. Reid.[1][6]

He released his debut EP, My World, in November 2009. It has been certified platinum in the United States. He became the first artist to have seven songs from a debut record to chart on the Billboard Hot 100.[7] Bieber released his first full-length studio album, My World 2.0, in March 2010. It debuted at or near number one in several countries and was certified platinum in the United States. It was preceded by the single, "Baby", which is also, as of July 2014, the YouTube video with the most dislikes, and the most views on a Vevo platform.[8] He followed up the release of his debut album with his first headlining tour, the My World Tour, the remix album titled, My Worlds Acoustic, and Never Say Never – The Remixes, and the 3D biopic-concert film Justin Bieber: Never Say Never. Bieber released his second studio album, Under the Mistletoe, in November 2011 when it debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. Bieber released his third studio album, Believe, in June 2012.

He has won numerous fan-voted awards, including American Music Award for Artist of the Year in 2010 and 2012. He was nominated for Best New Artist and Best Pop Vocal Album at the 53rd Grammy Awards. His fan base, dubbed "beliebers", largely consist of early to mid-adolescent women. He was listed three times by Forbes magazine as one of the top ten most powerful celebrities in the world in 2011, 2012, and 2013.[9][10][11]

Early life

Bieber was born on March 1, 1994, in London, Ontario, at St Joseph's Hospital,[12] and was raised in Stratford, Ontario.[13] He is the only child of Jeremy Jack Bieber and Patricia "Pattie" Mallette. Bieber's parents were never married.[14] Pattie raised her son with the help of her mother, Diane, and stepfather, Bruce.[15] His mother is of French-Canadian descent; his paternal great-grandfather was of German ancestry, and his other roots are English and Irish.[16][17][18] He has also stated that he believes that he has some undetermined Aboriginal Canadian ancestry.[19]

Through Jeremy, Bieber has two younger half-siblings, Jazmyn (born 2009) and Jaxon (born 2010).[20] Pattie worked a series of low-paying office jobs, raising Bieber as a single mother in low-income housing. Bieber has maintained contact with his father.[21]

Bieber attended a French-language immersion elementary school in Stratford, the Jeanne Sauvé Catholic School.[15] Growing up, he learned to play the piano, drums, guitar, and trumpet.[13][22]He graduated from high school in Stratford, Ontario, the St. Michael Catholic Secondary School in 2012[23] with a 4,0 GPA.[24] In early 2007, aged 12, Bieber sang Ne-Yo's "So Sick" for a local singing competition in Stratford and was placed second.[22][25] Mallette posted a video of the performance on YouTube for their family and friends to see. She continued to upload videos of Bieber singing covers of various R&B songs, and Bieber's popularity on the site grew.[6]


2008–10: Career beginnings and My World

Bieber in 2010, displaying his earlier haircut.

While searching for videos of a different singer, Scooter Braun, a former marketing executive of So So Def, clicked on one of Bieber's 2007 videos by accident.[21] Impressed, Braun tracked down the theatre Bieber was performing in, located Bieber's school, and finally contacted Mallette, who was reluctant because of Braun's Judaism. She remembered praying, "God, I gave him to you. You could send me a Christian man, a Christian label!" and "God, you don't want this Jewish kid to be Justin's man, do you?" However, church elders convinced her to let Bieber go with Braun. At 13, Bieber went to Atlanta, Georgia, with Braun to record demo tapes.[21] Bieber began singing for Usher one week later.[26]

Bieber was soon signed to Raymond Braun Media Group (RBMG), a joint venture between Braun and Usher.[5] Justin Timberlake was also reportedly in the running to sign Bieber, but lost the bidding war to Usher.[5][27] Usher then sought assistance in finding a label home for the artist from then manager Chris Hicks, who helped engineer an audition with his contact L.A. Reid of The Island Def Jam Music Group.[28] Reid signed Bieber to Island Records in October 2008 (resulting in a joint venture between RBMG and Island Records) and appointed Hicks as executive Vice-President of Def Jam where he would be able to manage Bieber's career at the label.[1][5][6][28] Bieber then moved to Atlanta with his mother to pursue further work with Braun and Usher.[5] Braun became Bieber's manager in 2008.[6]

Bieber's first single, "One Time", was released to radio while Bieber was still recording his debut album.[29] The song reached number 12 on the Canadian Hot 100 during its first week of release in July 2009,[6] and later peaked at number 17 on the Billboard Hot 100. During fall 2009, it had success in international markets.[30] The song was certified Platinum in Canada and the US and Gold in Australia and New Zealand.[31][32][33] His first release, an extended play entitled My World, was released on November 17, 2009. The album's second single, "One Less Lonely Girl", and two promo singles, "Love Me", and "Favorite Girl", were released exclusively on the iTunes Store and charted within the top forty of the Billboard Hot 100.[30]

"One Less Lonely Girl" was later also released to radio and peaked within the top fifteen in Canada and the US, being certified Gold in the latter.[30] My World was eventually certified Platinum in the US and Double Platinum in both Canada and the United Kingdom.[34][35] To promote the album, Bieber performed on several live shows such as mtvU's VMA 09 Tour, European program The Dome, YTV's The Next Star, The Today Show,[36][37] The Wendy Williams Show, Lopez Tonight, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, It's On with Alexa Chung, Good Morning America, Chelsea Lately, and BET's 106 & Park with Rihanna. Bieber also guest starred in an episode of True Jackson, VP in late 2009.[38]

Bieber performed Stevie Wonder's "Someday at Christmas" for US President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama at the White House for Christmas in Washington, which was broadcast on December 20, 2009, on US television broadcaster TNT.[39] Bieber was also one of the performers at Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest on December 31, 2009.[40] Bieber was a presenter at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards on January 31, 2010. He was invited to be a vocalist for the remake of "We Are the World" (a song written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie) for its 25th anniversary to benefit Haiti after the earthquake. Bieber sings the opening line, which was sung by Lionel Richie in the original version.[41]

On March 12, 2010, a version of K'naan's "Wavin' Flag" recorded by a collective of Canadian musicians known as Young Artists for Haiti was released. Bieber is featured in the song, performing the closing lines.[42]

2010–11: My World 2.0 and Never Say Never

In January 2010, "Baby", was released from his debut album, My World 2.0. The song featured Ludacris, and became an international hit. It charted at number five on the US Billboard Hot 100, peaked at number three on the Canadian Hot 100[43] and reached the top ten in several international markets.[30] Two promo singles "Never Let You Go", and "U Smile" were top thirty hits on the US Hot 100, and top twenty hits in Canada.[30] According to review aggregator Metacritic, the album has received "generally favorable reviews".[44] It debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, making Bieber the youngest solo male act to top the chart since Stevie Wonder in 1963.[45] My World 2.0 also debuted at number one on the Canadian Albums Chart, Irish Albums Chart, Australian Albums Chart, and the New Zealand Albums Chart[30] and reached the top ten of fifteen other countries.[46][47]

To promote the album, Bieber appeared on several live programs including The View, the 2010 Kids' Choice Awards, Nightline, Late Show with David Letterman, The Dome and 106 & Park.[48] Sean Kingston appeared on the album's next single, "Eenie Meenie". The song reached the top ten in the United Kingdom and Australia, and the top-twenty of most other markets. On April 10, 2010, Bieber was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live.[49] On July 4, 2010, Bieber performed at the Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular in New York City.[50] The following single from My World 2.0, "Somebody to Love", was released in April 2010, and a remix was released featuring Bieber's mentor Usher. On June 23, 2010, Bieber went on his first official headlining tour, the My World Tour, starting in Hartford, Connecticut, to promote My World and My World 2.0. In July 2010, it was reported that Bieber was the most searched for celebrity on the Internet.[51] That same month his music video for "Baby", surpassed Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" to become the most viewed, and most disliked YouTube video ever.[52][53] In September 2010, it was reported that Bieber accounted for three percent of all traffic on Twitter, according to an employee of the social-networking site.[54]

Bieber performing in Jakarta during his My World Tour

In Bieber's second album, because of puberty, his voice was deeper than it was in his first album.[55] In April 2010, the singer discussing his vocals remarked, "It cracks. Like every teenage boy, I'm dealing with it and I have the best vocal coach in the world. [...] Some of the notes I hit on "Baby" I can't hit any more. We have to lower the key when I sing live."[56] Bieber guest-starred in the season premiere of the CBS crime drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, which aired on September 23, 2010. He played a "troubled teen who is faced with a difficult decision regarding his only brother", who is also a serial bomber. Bieber was also in a subsequent episode which aired on February 17, 2011, in which his character is killed.[57] Bieber performed a medley of "U Smile", "Baby", and "Somebody to Love" and briefly played the drums at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards on September 12, 2010.[58] Bieber announced in October 2010 that he would be releasing an acoustic album, called My Worlds Acoustic.[59] It was released on November 26, 2010 in the United States and featured acoustic versions of songs from his previous albums, and accompanied the release of a new song titled "Pray".[60]

A 3-D part-biopic, part-concert film starring Bieber entitled Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, was released on February 11, 2011, directed by Step Up 3D director Jon Chu. It topped the box office with an estimated gross of $12.4 million on its opening day from 3,105 theatres.[61] It grossed $30.3 million for the weekend and was narrowly beaten by the romantic comedy Just Go with It, which grossed $31 million.[62] Never Say Never reportedly exceeded industry expectations, nearly matching the $31.1 million grossed by Miley Cyrus's 2008 3-D concert film, Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert, which holds the record for the top debut for a music-documentary.[63] Never Say Never grossed a total of $98,441,954 worldwide.[64] The film is accompanied by his second remix album, Never Say Never – The Remixes, released February 14, 2011, and features remixes of songs from his debut album, with guest appearances from Miley Cyrus, Chris Brown, and Kanye West, among others.[65]

In June 2011, Bieber was ranked #2 on the Forbes list of Best-Paid Celebrities under 30. He is the youngest star, and 1 of 7 musicians on the list, having raked in $53 million in a 12-month period.[66] On November 1, 2011, Bieber released the Christmas-themed Under the Mistletoe, his second studio album. It debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, selling 210,000 copies in its first week of release.[67]

2012–2015: Believe, Journals, and other appearances

Bieber performing during his Believe Tour in October 2012.

In late 2011, Bieber began recording his third studio album, entitled Believe. The following week, Bieber appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to announce that the first single would be called "Boyfriend" and would be released on March 26, 2012.[68] The song debuted at number two on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, selling a total of 521,000 digital units, the second-highest-ever debut digital sales week.[69] Bill Werde of Billboard noted that it failed to debut at number one because the digital download of the track was available only through iTunes Store, "restricting the buying option for those that do not frequent the Apple retail store".[70] "Boyfriend" became Bieber's first single ever to reach the top position on the Canadian Hot 100 by debuting at number one and staying on for one week.[69]

His third studio album, Believe was released on June 19, 2012, by Island Records. The album marks a musical departure from the teen pop sound of his previous releases, and incorporates elements of dance-pop and R&B genres.[71] Intent on developing a more "mature" sound, Bieber collaborated with a wide range of urban producers for the release as well as some long-time collaborators, including Darkchild, Hit-Boy, Diplo, and Max Martin. Entertainment Weekly praised Bieber's musical shift, calling the album both a "reinvention and a reintroduction".[72] Rolling Stone noted the deeper voice and more "intense" beats found on the album, although it lampooned one of his euphemisms for newfound sexual maturity ("If you spread your wings, you can fly away with me").[73] Believe debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, becoming his fourth number-one album.[74][75][76] The album sold 57,000 copies in its first week in Canada, debuting atop the Canadian Albums Chart.[77]

The Believe Tour, which further promoted the album, began in September 2012 in Glendale, Arizona.[78] On December 14, 2012, Bieber appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where he announced plans to release an acoustic album titled Believe Acoustic, which was released on January 29, 2013.[79]

Bieber returned to Saturday Night Live as the host and musical guest of the February 9, 2013 episode. His appearance was panned by critics[80][81] and cast members, including Kate McKinnon, who stated that Bieber was not comfortable with his hosting duties, and Bill Hader, who stated that he did not enjoy the presence of Bieber or his entourage. Hader added that in his eight years on the program, Bieber was the only host who lived up to his reputation.[82][83]

On March 7, 2013, Bieber fainted backstage at London's O2 Arena after complaining of breathing problems throughout his performance and was taken to hospital.[84] Bieber cancelled his second Lisbon, Portugal concert at the Pavilhão Atlântico, which was to be held on March 12, because of low ticket sales. The concert on March 11 went on.[85] In mid-August 2013, a remixed duet version of Michael Jackson's previously unreleased song "Slave To The Rhythm", featuring Justin Bieber leaked online.[86] In response to criticism over this remix, the MJ Estate had not authorized release of this recording, and has since made attempts to remove the song from as many sites and YouTube channels as possible.[87] Later, a song titled "Twerk" by rapper Lil Twist, featuring Bieber as well as Miley Cyrus, also leaked.[88]

On October 3, 2013, Bieber announced that he would release a new song every Monday for 10 weeks as a lead-up to the film Justin Bieber's Believe, which entered production in May 2012 and was released on December 25, 2013. The film is a follow-up to Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, and Jon M. Chu returned to direct.[89][90][91] The first song of Music Mondays, "Heartbreaker", was released on October 7. The second song, "All That Matters", was released on October 14, followed by "Hold Tight" on October 21, "Recovery" on October 28, "Bad Day" on November 4, and "All Bad" on November 11. The seventh song, "PYD" featuring R. Kelly, was released on November 18; it was followed by "Roller Coaster" on November 25, and "Change Me" on December 2. The final song, "Confident" featuring Chance the Rapper, was released on December 9, 2013. That same day, it was announced that all 10 tracks will be featured on an upcoming collection called Journals. It reportedly featured five additional unreleased songs, a music video for "All That Matters", and a trailer for Believe. Journals was only available for purchase via iTunes for a limited time only: from December 23, 2013 to January 9, 2014. The titles of the five new additional songs are: "One Life", "Backpack" featuring Lil Wayne, "What's Hatinin" featuring Future, "Swap It Out", and "Memphis" featuring Big Sean and Diplo.[92]Bieber released a song titled "Home to Mama" featuring Australian singer Cody Simpson in November 2014.[93]

Because of the disbanding of an Universal Music division The Island Def Jam Music Group in April 2014, Bieber and a number of artists were subsequently transferred to a UMG related division Def Jam Recordings, causing Bieber and the other artists to no longer be signed to Island Records.[94][95]

In February 2015, Bieber released a remix song "Where Are Ü Now", with Jack Ü.[96] In March 2015, Bieber made an appearance in the music video for Carly Rae Jepsen's single "I Really Like You".[97]

On March 2015, Bieber made an appearance as a roastee in Comedy Central Roast. The episode is called Roast of Justin Bieber.[98] Bieber filmed an episode for the Fox TV reality series Knock Knock Live, and aired before the show was cancelled after two episodes.[99]

2015: Fourth studio album

On August 28, 2015, Bieber released a new single titled "What Do You Mean?", which is produced by Mason (MdL) Levy and Bieber[citation needed]. It is the lead single from his upcoming fourth studio album, unofficially scheduled to be released on November 13, 2015.[100] It became Bieber's first number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100. He became the youngest male artist to debut at top of that chart, earning a Guinness Record. On 2 October, 2015, Bieber shared a photo on his social media accounts, confirming "Purpose" as his fourth studio album name.[citation needed]

Public image


Bieber performing "Favorite Girl" in Zürich, April 2011

Usher commented that while he and Bieber were both signed at the same age, "I had the chance to ramp up my success, where this has happened to Bieber abruptly." As a result, Usher, Braun, Bieber's bodyguard and other adults surrounding Bieber constantly coach him on handling fame and his public image.[21] After signing Bieber, Usher appointed one of his former assistants, Ryan Good, to be Bieber's road manager and stylist. Good, once nicknamed Bieber's "swagger coach", created a "streetwise look" for the singer which consisted of baseball caps, hoodies, dog chains and flashy sneakers. Amy Kaufman of The Los Angeles Times comments, "Though a product of a middle-class suburban upbringing in Stratford, Ontario, Bieber's manner of dress and speech ("Wassup man, how you doin'?" or "It's like, you know, whateva' ") suggest he's mimicking his favourite rappers."[101]

Bieber is often featured in teen magazines such as Tiger Beat,[21] and has been labelled as a "teen heartthrob".[102] Wax statues of Bieber with his changed hairstyle from that of his earlier career are on display at the Madame Tussauds wax museums in New York, Amsterdam, and London;[103] the 2010 hairstyle change led to it being called "the most expensive musical haircut of all time".[104]

"He's the only person in humanity who's grown up the way he has -- with smartphones and cameras on him 24/7 ... Another kid can go out and have a good night on the town, and no one gives a crap, but Justin is the most Googled person on the planet -- for four years straight!"

Scooter Braun, manager of Bieber, in 2013[105]

Also in 2010, Bieber was frequently criticized for looking and sounding younger than his age,[106] and the following year for his androgynous appearance, which has been commonly noted in the media, including when he appeared on the cover of LOVE magazine's androgyny issue in 2011.[107] His teen-pop music, image (especially as a heart-throb to young teenage girls), and the media attention he receives have additionally been criticized,[106] and he has been a target of Internet bloggers and message board posters, notably by users of Internet message board 4chan and users of YouTube.[108] Nick Collins of The Daily Telegraph said that "Bieber's character appears to strike a particularly sour note with his Internet critics" who have questioned his manner of speech, among other things.[106]

In 2013, Bieber said that he was "very influenced by black culture", but he neither thought "of it as black or white" nor tried to "act or pose in a certain way". To him, it was "a lifestyle—like a suaveness or a swag".[105]

His fanbase is called "Beliebers", which the Chicago Tribune included as one of the top buzzwords of 2010.[109] Bieber's early fanbase developed on YouTube, and predated the release of Bieber's first album.[110]

YouTube and Twitter

According to Jan Hoffman of The New York Times, part of Bieber's appeal stems from his YouTube channel. Long before the November 2009 release of the EP, My World, his YouTube videos attracted millions of views.[21] Braun recognized the appeal. Before flying him to Atlanta, Braun wanted to "build him up more on YouTube first" and had Bieber record more home videos for the channel. "I said: 'Justin, sing like there’s no one in the room. But let's not use expensive cameras.' We'll give it to kids, let them do the work, so that they feel like it's theirs", recalled Braun.[21] Bieber continues to upload videos to the same channel and has opened a Twitter account, from which he interacts with fans regularly;[6] his account was reported in November 2010 to have more than six million followers.[111] Bieber surpassed Lady Gaga for having the most followed person on Twitter in January 2013. In early November 2013, Katy Perry surpassed him for having the most followers.[112]

Bieber was frequently a trending topic on Twitter when the feature first launched[113] because his fans frequently discussed him on the network,[114] and he was named the top trending star on Twitter in 2010;[115] Klout gave his account a score of 100.[116][117] In April 2013, the social media analysis company Socialbakers concluded that 16.7 million of Bieber's 37 million Twitter followers are not genuine.[118][119]


Bieber has cited Michael Jackson, Usher, Ne-Yo, Boyz II Men, Stevie Wonder, Justin Timberlake, New Kids on the Block, Tupac and The Beatles as his musical inspirations.[120][121]

Personal life

Beliefs and relationships

Bieber identifies himself as a faithful adherent of Christianity, said he communicates with God via prayer, and that "he's the reason I'm here".[122] He reflects his faith in a music video with Brandon Burke titled, "#iPledge", in which he "talks candidly about his appreciation for the tenet of forgiveness in the Christian faith".[123] Regarding sexual abstinence, he told music magazine Rolling Stone, "I don't think you should have sex with anyone unless you love them." He added that he does not "believe in abortion", and that it is "like killing a baby" although when asked about the case of rape said "I guess I haven't been in that position, so I wouldn't be able to judge that."[124][125] His view on sexual orientation is quoted as "everyone's own decision",[126] and he has contributed to the It Gets Better Project,[127] a non-profit group aiming to prevent suicide among LGBT youth.[128]

As Bieber resides in the United States, he is reported to possess an O-1 visa for temporary resident status, based on "extraordinary ability or achievement" in a field.[129] Bieber has stated that he is not interested in obtaining US citizenship because of his view on America's market-oriented health care system. He has praised Canada as being "the best country in the world" citing its government-run health care system as a model example.[124] According to Scooter Braun, he has also stated that he regularly cites the Jewish prayer Shema Yisrael before every live show showcasing his view on multiculturalism.[130] In December 2010, he was in a relationship with Selena Gomez.[131][132] In January 2013, it was reported that he was single.[133][134]

Bieber's father, Jeremy Bieber, is a former carpenter and pro-am mixed martial artist. In March 2014, Rolling Stone characterized Jeremy as having "split with Justin's mom when Justin was a toddler, and wasn't always around afterward. But he has, as of late, accepted a place of honor in his superstar son's entourage".[135]

Endorsements, products, and philanthropy

Aside from his career as a musician, Bieber has also ventured into the business world by becoming an angel investor for technology companies. He has made his first startup investment in 2009. Since then, he has quietly millions of dollars in a dozen small technology start-ups including Stamped, Spotify, Shots, and game-for-good company SoJo Studios. He has said that he is not going to invest in something he does not like as he has to believe in the product.[136][137] Bieber endorsed Adidas beside Derrick Rose and Venus Williams in 2012.[138]He is the new "face" and "body" of Calvin Klein in early 2015.[139] In June 2015, Bieber teamed up with StarShop, a new shopping app launched by Kevin Harrington alongside with Katy Perry, Beyonce, etc.[140]

Bieber has bandwagon four fragrances as of 2014. He launched his debut called, "Someday", in 2011.[141] It has grossed more than three million in sales, in USD, at the American store, Macy's, in just under three weeks which industry experts respect as a successful celebrity-led launch.[142] He later launched his second fragrance, "Girlfriend", in June 2012 following on the heels of 2011's best-selling "Someday" fragrance.[143] His third fragrance, "The Key", was launched in July 2013.[144] His latest fragrance, "Justin Bieber Collector's Edition", launched in 2014.[145]

Bieber supports Pencils of Promise,[146] a charity founded by Adam Braun, the younger brother of Bieber's manager. The organization builds schools in developing countries, and Bieber became manager for the organization's campaign in Guatemala. He currently serves as a celebrity spokesman for the organization[147] by running ads for the charity and its campaign "Schools4All".[148][149] He promises to visit schools that donate the most funds to the organization.[150] He takes part in the charity's fund-raising galas and donates parts of the proceeds from his concerts and line of fragrances "Someday",[151] and various merchandising to the charity. He appears in an animal welfare PSA for PETA encouraging people to volunteer at and adopt from animal shelters instead of buying pets from breeders or pet stores.[152]

Legal issues

Bieber after his 2014 arrest in Miami, Florida

Bieber had several run-ins with the law around the world before his first arrest in 2014,[153] including when he was accused of reckless driving in his neighborhood in 2012, and charged in Brazil with vandalism in 2013.[153][154] One of his neighbours in Calabasas, California accused Bieber of throwing eggs at his home on January 9, 2014 and causing thousands of dollars of damage.[153][155][156] On January 23, 2014, Bieber was arrested in Miami Beach, Florida together with singer Khalil on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI), driving with an over six month expired license, and resisting arrest without violence.[157][158][159] Police said that Bieber told authorities he had consumed alcohol, smoked marijuana, and taken prescription drugs.[153] He has been released from these charges on a $2,500 bond, and lack of evidence beyond reasonable doubt as dictated in the United States court of law. [160] A toxicology report revealed that Bieber had THC (a principal constituent of cannabis) and the anti-anxiety medication Xanax in his system at the time of his arrest.[161][162]

Following Bieber's arrest on the DUI charge, more than 270,000 persons petitioned the White House seeking to have him deported from the United States. Although the number of signatures received was sufficient to require a response under published White House guidelines; it has been noted that the Obama Administration has declined substantive comment on the petition.[163] Immigration Law expert Harlan York noted that the likeliness of Bieber being deported was extremely slim. York stated, "About a decade ago, the Supreme Court ruled that driving under the influence, typically, is not a basis to deport someone."[164]

On July 9, 2014, Bieber was charged with one misdemeanor count of vandalism in California for throwing eggs at his Calabasas neighbour's home in January.[156][165][166] Police earlier claimed that they had video footage of him high-fiving friends after the eggs were thrown.[156][167] With him pleading no contest to the charge, the Los Angeles County Superior Court sentenced him on July 9 to pay US$80,900 in restitution, serve two years' probation, complete twelve weeks of anger management, and five days of community service in what the district attorney termed a negotiated settlement. Since then, he has permanently moved to Beverly Hills, California after the incident.[156][165][166]

On August 13, 2014, the January DUI case was settled with a plea bargain pleading guilty to resisting an officer without violence, and a lesser charge of driving without due care and attention. He has been fined with US$500 and sentenced to attend both a 12-hour anger management course, and a program that teaches about the impact of drunken driving on victims. As part of the plea bargain, he has made a US$50,000 contribution to Our Kids, a local children's charity.[168][169]

"I didn't want to come off arrogant or conceited, or basically how I've been acting the past year, year and a half ... although what's happened in the past has happened, I just want to ... be kind and loving and gentle and soft."

Bieber reflects in a video posted in January 2015[170]

On September 1, 2014, Bieber was arrested and charged with assault and dangerous driving near his hometown of Stratford, Ontario after a collision between a minivan and Bieber's all-terrain vehicle on August 29. Ontario police claimed that he then "engaged in a physical altercation" with an occupant of the minivan. He was released shortly and his lawyer blamed the incident on "the unwelcome presence of paparazzi".[171][172] On September 8, Toronto dropped an assault charge against him originally brought up on January 29 for an incident with a limousine driver in December 2013.[173][174] In November 2014, he was ordered to appear in Argentina within 60 days by a Buenos Aires court to give testimony on an alleged assault on a photographer on November 9, 2013.[175] When he failed to do so, an arrest warrant was issued and two of his bodyguards were released in Argentina in April 2015.[176]

Controversial racist videos

In June 2014, a video of 15-year-old Justin Bieber telling a racist joke and using the n-word was leaked by a British tabloid. The clip shows Bieber sitting with friends when he begins his joke: “Why are black people afraid of chainsaws?” following by the answer “Run, nigger.”[177] Days later, on June 4, 2014, a second video published by TMZ showed a 14-year-old Bieber sitting in a chair and giggling as he croons his song "One Less Lonely Girl", parodying the song with the main lyric "One less lonely nigger", and that if he were to kill "one less lonely nigger", he'd be "part of the KKK".[178][179] He apologized later that day, saying "facing my mistakes from years ago has been one of the hardest things I've ever dealt with."[180]


Film and television

Year Title Role Notes
2010 Cubed Pizzi's Best Friend Episode: "2.10"
2010; 2011 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Jason McCann 2 episodes
2011 Justin Bieber: Never Say Never[181] Himself Concert film
2012 Katy Perry: Part of Me Himself Cameo
2012 Zendaya: Behind the Scenes Himself Cameo
2013 Justin Bieber's Believe Himself Concert film
2014 Behaving Badly Prisoner Cameo
2016 Zoolander 2 TBA

Guest appearances

Year Title Role Notes
2009 True Jackson, VP Himself Episode: "True Concert"
2010 Silent Library Himself Episode: "2.3"
2010 School Gyrls Himself TV movie
2010 Saturday Night Live Himself Episode: "Tina Fey/Justin Bieber"
2011 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Himself[182] Episode: "The Brown Family"
2011 Khloé & Lamar Himself (uncredited) Episode: "The Father in Law"
2011 So Random! Himself Episode: "Justin Bieber"
2011 Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory Himself Episode: "Welcome, Big Black"
2012 Punk'd Himself 2 episodes
2012 Ridiculousness Himself Episode: "2.1"
2013 Saturday Night Live Himself (host/musical guest) Episode: "Justin Bieber"
2013 The Simpsons Himself (voice) Episode: "The Fabulous Faker Boy"[183]
2015 Comedy Central Roast Himself (roastee) TV special: Roast of Justin Bieber
2015 Repeat After Me Himself 1 episode
2015 The Doctors Himself



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