Justin Bieber is an international star. Bieber’s mother, Patricia Mallete, posted the videos of a young Bieber singing and playing guitar on the Internet. The singer and songwriter has become a sensation since his YouTube videos in 2007 were seen by his manager, Scooter Braun. The rest is music history, as Bieber has since blazed a trail of success all around the world.
Justin Drew Bieber was born on March 1, 1994 in London, Ontario. The Canadian-born talent is the product of Jeremy Jack Bieber and Patricia Mallete. Bieber’s parents were never married and he spent his childhood with his mother Patricia. She was a single mother raising the young budding singer as struggled in low-income housing.
Bieber learned to play various instruments growing up: the piano, the drums, the guitar and the trumpet. The talented young artist graduated from high school with a 4.0 GPA. His musical launch occurred before he completed high school and stardom and success was on tap for the young Canadian. Since his debut album My World 2.0 was released in November 2009, Bieber has gone on to sell millions and millions of albums as well as appearing all over the small and big screens. He is a true superstar.
These are 15 facts you may not know about the young worldwide sensation.
15. Usher Initially Turned Bieber Down
Usher is well known to having helped nurture Bieber’s talents beyond YouTube. But initially, Usher wasn’t as impressed with young Bieber and turned him down. It wasn’t until Usher watched Bieber’s videos that he had a change of heart. And we all know that worked out well for everyone involved. Bieber has gone on to win numerous awards and from 2011 to 2013 was listed by Forbes Magazine as one of the top 10 most powerful celebrities in the world. And at just 21 years of age, the Biebs has a lot left in his tank.
14. Harry Potter Actor Thought Justin Bieber Was A Girl, Initially
Bieber has had some issues when it comes to his appearances. Some have compared him to a young lesbian for his girlish features and stylish haircuts. Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe thought Justin Bieber was a girl and was surprised to be corrected. When Radcliffe first heard the teenage boy singing, he assumed it was a young girl’s voice on the recording. You weren’t alone, Daniel.
13. Delayed Concert To Visit Young Cancer Patient
Fans get annoyed when music artists are late to their own concerts. But in some cases, it’s more than just partying and women that delays a male pop star. Justin Bieber delayed the start of his January 7, 2013 concert in Salt Lake City, Utah, because he was visiting a 7-year-old girl in the hospital. The young sick girl (pictured above) was suffering from Leukemia and Bieber thought it was far more important to spend some extra time with her than rush to the concert. Well done, Bieb’s! Props for the classy move.
12. He Loves Rom-Coms
Bieber is a big fan of the movie The Notebook. In addition to his love affair with love affairs, he enjoys watching Smallville and Friends on the small tube. You’re in good company here, Bieb, as many people would agree with you on these fine choices.
11. Teddy Bear Collection
Everyone has that special stuffed animal they loved as a youngster. Many of us outgrow these lovable stuffed creatures. Bieber still holds a couple of his stuffed teddies in sacred standing. He has one teddy named Mr. Bear and the other named Willis. What you talkin’ about, Willis!
10. Four Top 40 Singles Before Album Release
Bieber is the first solo artist to have four top 40 singles before even releasing an album. Due in large part to his YouTube attention, the Bieber hype machine was on full display when his songs from his first album were released. My World 2.0 contained a multitude of singing gems from Bieber. Once the song “Baby” hit the airwaves, the rest would be history.
9. Disney Fanatic
Bieber is a big fan of the magical kingdom that is Disneyland. In fact, Bieber visited Disneyland on a romantic Valentine’s Day getaway with former girlfriend, Selena Gomez. Gomez, of course, is a former Disney television princess herself, so maybe Bieber was just returning the wild starlet back to the mothership.
8. Get Out Of His Way, His Father Is A Former MMA Father
Justin Bieber isn’t known as a big brawler. In fact, he began his career very small in stature. But his father Jeremy Bieber is a former MMA fighter. Justin may not have had a lot of size, but judging by his recent run-ins with the insane paparazzi, he apparently has some of his father’s fighting zeal inside him. Bieber has been accused of pushing a few loose cameramen around over the last two years. The overzealous photographers have been trying to chase down Bieber on the road. Better watch out, if Bieber has some of his father’s moxie, I wouldn’t want to be on the wrong end of a right cross. And over the past two years, Bieber has been bulking up so a jump into the octagon may not be far behind!
7. He’s Got His “Swag” On
Besides enjoying saying the word swag way too much, Bieber is “very influenced by black culture” although he also doesn’t think of culture in terms of race. Bieber stated, “It’s not me trying to act or pose in a certain way. It’s a lifestyle—like a suaveness or a swag, per se.” Well, that’s really…swag I guess.
6. Cap’N Crunch To Satisfy His Hunger
Bieber, like anyone, has a taste for certain kinds of foods. First off, if he is out and about, Bieber gets pretty excited when he sees a Friday’s on the street corner. All you can eat apps! At home, if Bieber has had a long day (and maybe has a bit of the munchies *wink-wink*), Biebs likes to break out some Cap’n Crunch Berries. Aye-aye, Justin!
5. More Twitter Followers Than Canada’s Population
When Justin Bieber surpassed Lady Gaga with 35.1 million followers, he became the most-followed person on Twitter. He now boasts more Twitter followers than the entire population of Canada. I’m not sure what that says about society, but when Justin speaks, there are a heck of a lot of people that will listen.
4. Tattoo King
Bieber sports a lot of tattoos for a youngster. His tats include an owl and the word “Believe” on his left arm; a crown and Roman numerals on his chest; a bird on his hip and Jesus tattoos on his rib cage and left calf. On a side note, if Justin Bieber gets one more Jesus tattoo he will win a set of steak knives.
3. Never Say Never Movie Received Harsh Criticism
Justin Bieber starred as himself in a 3-D movie/biopic (because seeing Bieber in two dimensions has been such a drag) entitled Justin Bieber: Never Say Never. The movie grossed nearly $100 million when all was said and done. The New York Magazine has this to say about the film: Bieber was “a bland, pious, profoundly unthreatening little Furby of a pop idol.” I’m not sure what that means, but the bank Bieber made from the film probably far exceeded the number of people that read that poor review.
2. $750 For A Haircut?
To women across North America, beauty salons are a lifeline. To a male pop star, the beauty outlets also provide those with full-flocking heads of hair an opportunity to properly get spruced up. One gossip publication claims that Bieber has been known to spend up to nearly $750 on a haircut. Guess I won’t be seeing him at my local Supercuts anytime soon.
1. Egg-Tossing Incident Cost Bieber Over $89,000
It’s been well-documented in the press that Bieber has had a few run-ins with the law. Here is a chronicled list of these run-ins:
In 2012, Bieber is questioned by police after his neighbors in Calabasas, Califorinia accuse the young star of reckless driving.
In 2013, Bieber is charged with vandalism in Brazil.
On January 9, 2014, Bieber is accused of throwing eggs at a neighbor’s home in Calabasas (something about that neighborhood).
On January 23rd, Bieber is arrested in Miami Beach, Florida along with singer Khalil on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI), driving with an expired license and resisting arrest without violence. Bieber, honest as always, told police he had consumed alcohol, smoked marijuana and taken prescription drugs.
On July 9, Bieber was officially charged with vandalism for tossing the eggs at his neighbor’s home. Since he was caught on video, he pleaded no-contest and took his medicine. The $80,900 in restitution was a ridiculous number for tossing a few eggs, but it’s a drop in the bucket for Bieber.
On September 1, Bieber was arrested and charged with assault and dangerous driving near his hometown of Stratford, Ontario.
In addition to his stellar 2014 campaign of legal issues, Bieber has had a number of run-ins with crazy paparazzi trying to track him down for photos. The incidents are a result of the over-zealous photogs, and Bieber has reacted with accused violence in some cases.