Like many people, Canadians hate being asked stereotypical questions: do you say “eh” a lot? Do you live in an igloo? Do you ride a moose to work? To answer many of these questions, a simple face-palm will do. But there is one question which is more difficult to answer: “How do you feel about Justin Bieber”?
Canadians have always had mixed feelings about Justin Bieber: is he a talented singer to be proud of? Or simply an embarrassment to Canadians? If you go to Stratford, Ontario (Bieber’s birthplace) you’ll notice streets littered with Bieber Fever. However, if you so much as mention Justin Bieber outside of Ontario, people will usually make a face similar to when you eat gorgonzola for the first time. We will soon find out just how popular The Bieb is in his home country when he heads to Canada for his Purpose World Tour.
Whether you’re a fan or not of the young star, you will be shocked to find out some of situations he has found himself in. Read on to learn 10 things you (probably) didn’t know about Justin Bieber.
10. His Mom Exploits His Fame
In 2013, Pattie Mallette, Justin Bieber’s mom, became an executive producer for an anti-abortion film. Being Bieber’s mom of course, her stance on abortion spread like fire in the media. The young singer was embarrassed by the situation. However, that was not the only time Pattie Mallette took advantage of her son’s fame. In 2012, she wrote a book entitled Nowhere but Up: The Story of Justin Bieber’s Mom. The book is a memoir of Justin’s Bieber’s childhood and reached #17 on the New York Times Best Seller list during its first week of publication. So not only has his mother used him his fame to push her own beliefs upon society, she also used his fame for monetary purposes and maybe even to become a little famous herself.
9. 2nd Most Followed Celeb on Twitter
According to Time, on January 21st 2013, Justin Bieber became the most followed person on all of Twitter. Having more than 35.1 million followers, he was even more popular than Lady Gaga. However, he has since lost the title to Katy Perry, who is currently the most popular person on twitter, with more than 80.6 million followers (she was also named the highest-paid female musician last year by Forbes magazine.) Justin Bieber is now in second place with 73.1 million. Lady Gaga has fallen way behind, now left with a “meager” 54.3 million followers.
8. Even his Hair is Worth a Fortune
Allegedly, J-Biebs spends more on haircuts than most students spend on rent. AOL claims he has spent up to $750 for his haircuts. Perhaps his high maintenance is why he was able to sell his hair for $40,688 on Ebay.
In 2011, Bieber gave a lock of his hair to Ellen DeGeneres on The Ellen Show. She immediately put it for sale on Ebay. After only one hour, the lock was already going for $10,000. She finally sold it for more than four times that price. DeGeneres generously donated all the proceeds to The Gentle Barn Foundation, a charity with the mission of “Teaching People Kindness and compassion to Animals, Each Other, and Our Planet”.
7. His Song “Baby” Has More Than 1 Billion Views
Justin Bieber’s song “Baby”, featuring Ludacris in case you forgot, is a war zone between Bieber fan girls and Bieber haters. The haters are currently winning the battle with almost 200,000 more dislikes than likes (not even Miley, in a music video where she’s dressed as a giant baby, can garner that kind of overwhelming dislike). Regardless, the ongoing feud has lead to a pretty amazing view count. The music video has more than 1.2 billion views to date and is the most popular video on JustinBieberVEVO.
6. Binges on Junk Food
According to Time, despite Bieber’s fame and fortune, he still prefers humble food. His favourite sandwich is mayo and tomatoes on Wonder Bread (apparently the brand of mayonnaise isn’t as important as the brand of bread). His favourite cereals are Cap’n Crunch Berries and Frosted Mini-Wheats (at leas the Mini-Wheats have fibre, Cap’n Crunch is just plain bad for you). His favourite restaurant is also surprising: T.G.I. Friday’s (How could it not be Tim Hortons?!).
5. Usher Initially Turned Him Down
You may know that Usher helped Justin Bieber start off his career and journey to stardom. However, what you probably didn’t know is that Usher initially refused to hear him sing, at least in person. After being rejected, the Biebs tried his luck with another famous singer: Justin Timberlake. But after watching his videos and seeing more potential in Justin Bieber, Usher changed his mind. “Man, I should have let this kid sing!” he thought. He decided to endorse him. Needless to say: ca-ching, ca-ching.
4. Never Say Never (2011) Grossed 100 Million
Despite a not so flattering review from New York Magazine, “a bland profoundly unthreatening little Furby of a pop idol”, Bieber’s 3D concert film and documentary grossed about $100 million worldwide. Rotten Tomatoes gave the movie 64% on the tomatometer (the percentage of critics who have given the movie a positive review). Most critics agreed that “as a tour documentary, it’s rather uninspired-but as a 3D glimpse of a building pop culture phenomenon, Never Say Never is undeniably entertaining.”
3. He “Married” One of His Fans
Six-year-old Avalanna Routh had her dreams come true on Valentine’s day 2012. While battling ATRT, an aggressive form of brain cancer, Avalanna was surprised by an unexpected visit from her favourite idol, Justin Bieber. The two had a fun afternoon of playing board games, eating cupcakes, signing autographs and finally getting “married”. “Mrs. Bieber” even got to experience the joy of styling her “husband’s” hair. A few months after Bieber’s visit, Avalanna passed away. Upon hearing the news Bieber tweeted “Just got the worst news ever, one of the greatest spirits I have ever known is gone…RIP Avalanna, I love you.”
2. He was Two Hours Late to His Own Concert
In 2013, Bieber was due to play in London, England at the O2 Arena. He managed to show up, but he was two hours late. He arrived on stage at 10:23 pm, after the concert was supposed to have ended. Some of the children had even fallen asleep as they waited for him to arrive. Others were forced to leave (it was a school night after all). Parents were understandably furious, calling him names such as “jerk”, “disrespectful” and “arrogant”. To make matters worse, hundreds of fans were stranded after the show, as trains had stopped running. Though the O2 apologized for Bieber’s lateness, they never explained it. Bieber, only perhaps truthfully, said it was due to “technical issues”.
1. He Threw a Tantrum at a Concert in Norway
Just a few months ago, Justin Bieber was supposed to perform at a concert in Olso, Norway. Things were forced to a halt as a fan in the front row spilled water on the stage (silly Biebs, everyone knows the show must go on). As Bieber attempted to clean up the mess, fans repeatedly attempted to touch him. Irritated, he started saying “Guys, listen to me! Ok I’m trying to wipe the floor. Give me a second”. However, the fans did not stop. Fans had no idea just how upset Bieber was until he walked off stage saying “Never mind, I’m done, I’m not doing the show”. Despite leaving his fans in tears, Bieber hopped on his private jet and headed home (though he did stop to take pictures with fans at the airport). Indeed, Bieber failed to be professional and keep his emotions in check.