When Justin Bieber was first introduced to mainstream audiences, he was coined as a budding singer/songwriter that was just looking for his big break. Like so many other music hopefuls, he uploaded his videos on YouTube and hoped to get scooped up by a music bigwig. A number of prominent individuals sat up and took notice of Bieber, including the likes of Justin Timberlake and Usher.
Bieber was ultimately signed to Raymond Braun Media Group (RBMG) Records, and his debut album went platinum. He became an instant sensation among young girls, from his talented singing and dancing skills to his super cute looks. As he grew out of the teeny-bopper stage, it was inevitable that he would need to tweak his small boy image a bit. While no one expected him to keep the long locks or school boy ensembles well into adulthood, no one could have predicted how drastic his public persona would change.
Nowadays, it seems that he has gone far too deep into the rabbit hole, and it’s almost impossible to think of how he will ever get back into the public’s good graces again. In recent years, his life has been filled with one huge public snafu after the next. The tabloids love to exploit his personal blunders, and Bieber seems to love giving them extra ammunition. While there have been a few times that warranted sympathy for this young music artist, there have equally been times where the public has seemed to have enough of his shenanigans. Check out our list of the 15 times the public has wanted to slap Justin Bieber, and see how his downward spiral has made the world a bit jaded to his plight.
15. Blonde Dreadlocks
When Justin Bieber was first introduced to mainstream audiences, it was hard to say what was more famous: his voice or his hair. Little girls everywhere swooned over his long brown locks, and the Justin Bieber hairstyle became an entity all its own. When he finally cut it off and went for a more tamed look, his fans started off a bit upset but then quickly adjusted to his new look. Since he was transitioning from his “Baby” style of singing and moving on towards an edgier and more adult “Boyfriend” persona, the haircut seemed fitting for his evolved look and age. However, he couldn’t leave well enough alone because he has since changed his hairstyle a number of times. While the platinum dye job was bad enough, it was his dabbling into the dreadlock style that had people gagging the most. He first debuted the dreadlock look on his Instagram page, with the caption, “Why.” Yet, he didn’t just keep it sequestered to his social media sites, and even donned the hairstyle when performing at the 2016 I Heart Music Awards.
14. Self-Entitlement At Coachella
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival has quickly become the music event of the year, with artists and celebrities alike coming out to see their favorite performers. While it’s usually the female celebrities that get the most attention while attending this music festival, Justin Bieber made a few headlines of his own. Allegedly, Bieber had received a personal invitation by Drake to come see him perform, but there was an issue with security to get into the artist’s area. Bieber and his entourage were not allowed inside because the area was already at capacity. When faced with the notion of watching the performance with all of the other fans, Bieber protested because he said he would be bombarded due to his celebrity status. Instead of accepting that the area wasn’t allowing any more people, Bieber and his entourage got into an altercation with the security personnel and had to be forcibly removed. TMZ released a video showing the security guards putting Bieber in a chokehold as they escorted him out.
13. Egg Vandalism
In January 2014, Justin Bieber was living at a house in Calabasas, California, and apparently didn’t get along too well with his neighbors. Complaints were coming in about the noise, the comings and goings, and the ridiculous driving throughout the neighborhood. Never one to shy away from escalating a situation, Bieber reportedly hurled at least a dozen eggs at his neighbor’s property. This vandalism stunt caused around $20,000 worth of damage, since the result caused damage to the plaster and wood exterior. Bieber was charged with misdemeanor vandalism, and pleaded no contest when the case went to court in July 2014. Due to the investigation into this egg vandalism case, cops served a felony search warrant to Bieber’s residence and found ecstasy and oxycodone. The court case resulted in Bieber receiving a no-jail deal, and instead was forced to complete an anger management program and a number of hours performing community service.
12. Too Hurt To Complete Community Service
It may seem like a bit of overkill for Justin Bieber to be charged with misdemeanor vandalism for his egg-throwing stunt involving his neighbor, especially since almost every teenager has memories of egging or toilet papering neighborhood houses at least once in their lives. Yet, the fact that he caused over $20,000 in damage and he is supposed to be a celebrity role model to other young people definitely puts things into perspective. It should seem that he would use his time as a celebrity to do bigger and better things than cause property damage to those that live around him. In fact, many people viewed his 5 days of community service a super light punishment, even if they felt that real jail time would have been too harsh. While others would count their blessings and hurry to get their community service completed, Bieber chose to put it off and then ultimately requested a continuance. He reportedly hurt his ankle during a soccer game, and used that as the excuse as to why he couldn’t complete his community service on time.
11. Low Blows With Orlando Bloom
Hollywood has always had a bit of a revolving door when it comes to the intertwining web of significant others in the celebrity world. So, when Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom called it quits, it seemed that there were two beautiful people back on the market and ready to be swooped up. Both of them were romantically linked to various celebrities, with an ironic twist that each were photographed with Justin Bieber and his ex, Selena Gomez. Neither of these relationships turned into anything serious, but it did cause the public to wonder whether these two power couples swapped partners. To add fuel to the mystery, Bloom and Bieber got into a physical altercation in 2014 in Spain. Orlando Bloom was out to dinner with fellow actor, Leonardo DiCaprio, and supposedly refused to shake Bieber’s hand. After Bieber reportedly made a comment about Bloom’s ex-wife, Bloom threw a punch. Bieber didn’t stick around to get into an all out brawl, but fans didn’t like to see him making underhanded comments about a beloved A-lister or a favorite Victoria’s Secret model.
10. Face Tattoo
While celebrities aren’t exactly opposed to getting tattoos, typically they don’t put anything permanent on their money makers. The face tattoo is generally geared towards gang members and rappers, since it’s pretty much common knowledge that a teardrop face tattoo has the meaning that the wearer has killed someone. Justin Bieber has obviously expressed his love of tattoos, since he has over fifty on his body, and even spoke about getting a face tattoo in early 2016. In an interview with GQ magazine, Bieber stated, “I think if they’re done right, they could be cool, but nothing super crazy all over the face.” He also stated in the interview that he would wait until his 40s or 50s before getting a face tattoo, but it seems he grew a tad impatient. In May 2016, he posted a photo on his Instagram, revealing his brand new face tattoo. While it isn’t exactly a teardrop or a huge obtrusive thing, it’s big enough to be noticed as just another super obnoxious stunt by Bieber.
9. Fake Wheelchair At Disneyland
In July 2014, Justin Bieber was spotted at “The Happiest Place On Earth.” While it’s not unheard of for a celebrity to go to Disneyland, usually the public only hears about it when it’s a superstar that closes down the entire park for the day. On this occasion, Bieber went with his small entourage, but didn’t forego all the perks of the celebrity world. As if he wasn’t going to get enough attention and star treatment, Bieber reportedly borrowed a wheelchair and was seen being pushed around by members of his party. Once pictures were leaked with the star posing in photos with fans in the wheelchair, the public pounced on the artist for supposedly using the wheelchair to skip the lines on a disabled pass. Bieber’s team released a statement saying that he was indeed injured, and only spent a few moments in the wheelchair. However, photos are videos continued to be released where he was obviously in the chair far longer than a few moments. There was also footage of Bieber the days prior and after the Disneyland visit where he did not appear injured in the least bit.
8. Carried At The Great Wall Of China
There are some areas of the world that need to be seen firsthand to be fully appreciated. The Great Wall of China, the only man-made structure that can be seen from space, is a highly sought-after destination for people all over the globe. When Bieber made his trip to see this marvel, it seemed like the strain of using his own two legs was asking too much. Leaked photos show that Bieber used his security personnel to carry him, since reportedly he “didn’t feel like” walking on his own. There have been other instances where celebrities were carried, rather than walk, but these usually involved female celebs that were trying to save their suffering feet from their super uncomfortable stilettos. Mariah Carey famously used a motorized cart to get her through the labyrinth of a lobby during her Vegas residency, but fans brushed it off since she was apparently trying to save herself to give the best possible performance onstage. Yet, this wasn’t the case for Bieber, since he wasn’t about to do any choreographed dance steps on the Great Wall of China, and definitely wasn’t in stiletto pumps.
7. Response To Prince’s Death
Just when the world was finally starting to accept the deaths of icons like Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston, the public received the shocking news of the passing of Prince. Although it took awhile to discover the cause of death, hours after his passing hit the news channels, a number of celebrities took to their social media sites to pay tribute to this music legend. Singer/songwriter, Andrew Watt, took to Instagram with a post saying, “Today waking up to this news I am truly beside myself…devastated…the last of the greatest living performers…my guitar idol.” While many of his followers echoed the statement, Justin Bieber decided to make his own comment. Bieber posted a reply stating, “Well not the last greatest living performer.” It isn’t exactly clear if he was referring to other music legends like Aretha Franklin or Patti Labelle. Those that saw the comment presumed he was referring to himself. Not only was it utterly obnoxious for him to categorize himself as “one of the greatest living performers,” but it was in bad taste, to say the least, to take away from such a heartfelt tribute just hours after the world found out about Prince’s passing.
6. Arrested For Drag Racing
There aren’t many things more obnoxious than a 19-year-old driving around in a yellow Lamborghini, but Justin Bieber managed to pull it off when he was arrested for drag racing. The incident happened in Miami in 2014 when Bieber was just 19, and he also failed a field sobriety test. He was brought in to take a breathalyzer (which he failed), and he admitted to the use of marijuana and prescription pills. The bail was set at $2,500, but the most surprising part of it all was the released mugshot. It was later determined that his alcohol level was at an ultra-low 0.02, which probably wouldn’t have turned any heads if he were at least at the legal drinking age. The reason why this was so upsetting to the public was the fact that Bieber had so much going for him prior to the release of this mugshot photo. With all of the opportunities that have come his way, it seemed like he was just throwing them all away and heading down a downward spiral. The worst part of this downward spiral was the fact that Bieber held onto a cheesy smile in his infamous mugshot pic.
5. Crashed Into A Minivan
After the egging incident where Justin Bieber was charged with misdemeanor vandalism, part of the conclusion of the case was that the artist was put on probation. Rather than keeping his head down and getting through his probation period without a hitch, Bieber went through a number of public snafus, including a car accident that resulted in assault and careless driving charges. In August of 2014, Bieber was riding around on an ATV with then-girlfriend, Selena Gomez, on his father’s Canadian estate. He was arrested and charged with assault and careless driving after hitting a minivan, and ultimately pleaded guilty. Bieber got into a physical confrontation with the owner of the vehicle after the accident, which seems interesting that he would hit another car and then fight with the car’s owner. Bieber didn’t have to physically attend the court proceedings, and was only charged $750 in fines. This is just another case of a celebrity getting a slap on the hand, while anyone else would have been facing far worse consequences.
4. Skinny Dipping Butt Post
While the world has become accustomed to seeing female celebrities taking to their social media site with scantily clad ensembles and naked posts, male celebrities generally keep their photo posts to just shirtless poses. Never the one to be shy on social media, Justin Bieber posted photos of his Bora Bora vacation with Jayde Pierce online. The photo that shocked (and disgusted) the world involved Bieber standing on the pier, off the coast of his Bora Bora villa, pointing out to the shore. Completely nude and showing a full view of his backside, it’s difficult to say what was the worst part of the pic. The fact that he would show his naked butt to the world was bad enough, but the fact that he thought people actually wanted to see it was the worst of all. From the religious tattoos in full view to the noticeably white butt cheeks in the pic, this wasn’t exactly the best side of the Biebs for fans.
3. “Not A Scratch On This Pretty Boy”
In early June of 2016, Justin Bieber had attended a Cavaliers game against the Golden State Warriors in Cleveland, Ohio. The matchup was game three of the NBA Finals, and just another example of how celebrities can score highly sought-after tickets to some of the biggest sporting events. As if his entitled attitude wasn’t bad enough, Bieber got into a fight just outside his hotel room and the whole incident was caught on video. In the few videos that were released online, Bieber can be seen exchanging punches with an unidentified man larger than this 22-year-old music artist. While he seemed to hold his own during the altercation, it was the photos he posted on Instagram after the fray that brought on more than a few eye-rolls. The photos were in black-and-white, and showed off his tattoos since he was once again shirtless. The caption read, “Not a scratch on this pretty boy.” It’s difficult to say what’s worse, the fact that he referred to himself as a “pretty boy” or the cheesy photos themselves.
2. Sex With Prostitutes
One of the best advantages of being a superstar like Justin Bieber is that he can travel the world, and see all the amazing sights that the globe has to offer. While other people might imagine seeing the pyramids and going on safari excursions, Bieber had a few other places in mind. At just 19-years-old, Bieber was photographed at Rio de Janeiro’s most popular brothel, Centaurus. Just when you think it couldn’t get any worse than that, Bieber’s entourage reportedly checked out more than forty of the girls, and he ultimately took home 2 of the girls back to his hotel. The girls at the brothel reportedly charge $1,200 per night, but that didn’t seem to be too high of a price tag from the “Baby” singer. Bieber never outright said that he had a physical relationship with any of the women at the brothel, but of course the paparazzi hunted down the prostitutes to try and get them to talk. During the hunt, more prostitutes came out of the woodwork, including one woman that snuck her cell phone camera with her during her night with Bieber.
1. Cancels Meet-And-Greet
There have always been celebrities that have complained about how intrusive the paparazzi can be, but it’s rare when a celebrity complains about their fans. The best way a celebrity has defined this dilemma was when Katherine Hepburn was quoted as saying, “I’ll worry when they stop asking me for my autograph.” With the music industry going through difficult times due to illegal digital downloads, artists are making the majority of their money through touring and specialty events. Bieber was making the most out of his touring by offering a personal experience with his fans for an added cost. Meet-and-greet packages went from $925 to upwards of $2000, but Bieber ultimately put a stop to it. He released a number of statements saying that he would no longer be performing meet-and-greet opportunities at concerts, and had all of the ticket holders request refunds. He also alluded to the fact that he would no longer like to interact with fans during his personal time either. Not only does this make him seem ungrateful to all the fans that brought him fame in the first place, but it also makes him seem above the whole fan experience.