Been a Belieber since he burst onto the music scene in 2008? Are you only now deciding to join Justin’s huge fanbase? Either way, there are a bunch of facts about the popular superstar that you probably didn’t know. It’s crazy to think that religion almost prevented his career or that he once sold his hair to a fan – for $40,000!
Want to learn more about the Purpose superstar? Take a look at some of these Justin Bieber facts that every Belieber should know…
1. Bieber’s Talent Started From Young!
Bieber was a ready-made star the moment he was born. As seen in this adorable video, the singer was able to play the drums at only two-years-old! Growing up, he also learned to play the piano, guitar, and trumpet!
2. He was Discovered on YouTube!
Justin was one of the first of many to post videos of himself singing on YouTube. His mom would regularly record him covering songs by Ne-yo or Chris Brown which eventually got him recognized by record executive Scooter Braun. As soon as Braun discovered Bieber, he offered him a singing contract – aged 13! I’m not surprised! Listen to how great he sounds!
3. His Mom Rejected his Manager Due to Religion
Although she later changed her mind, Bieber’s mother, Pattie Mallette, was reluctant to let Bieber get signed by Scooter Braun simply because of his Jewish religion. According to the New York Times, she remembers praying, “God, I gave him to you. You could send me a Christian man, a Christian label! … You don’t want this Jewish kid to be Justin’s man, do you?”. However, after praying with her church elders and receiving their encouragement, she gave her son the go ahead to record demo tapes with Braun.
4. Justin Timberlake and Usher Battled to Sign Him
That’s right! Justin Timberlake and Usher battled to sign Bieber after hearing his great vocals! At first, Usher turned down the chance to hear Justin sing, but the Rivals singer eventually came around. Bieber told MTV: “He actually watched my videos and was like, ‘Man, I should have let this kid sing,’ and he flew me back to Atlanta. I got to sing for him, and then a week later, I had a meeting with Justin Timberlake. They both kind of wanted me.”
Eventually Usher won the label bidding war and signed the young artist to Island/Def Jam records. I guess we have Usher to thank for blessing that is Bieber!
5. Justin Would’ve Been an Architect!
If he didn’t grow up to become one of the biggest stars in the world, Justin would have been an architect. Crazy, right? He told Seventeen that his dream job would be to design buildings had he’d not chosen music. Apparently, it’s because he “likes drawing”.
6. His Dad Was an MMA Fighter
Here’s a super-cool fact about Justin Bieber! His dad used to be an MMA fighter! According to Radar Online, Jeremy Bieber “loved being a fighter and his dream is to manage other fighters and possibly get back into the ring.” His son obviously took a totally different career path…
7. Will Smith is Bieber’s Mentor
He may look up to the likes of Drake and Usher but his number-one mentor is Will Smith. When the singer was going through a rough time, the iconic actor allegedly drove to Bieber’s house to “pull him out of bed for a three-hour talk.” Scooter Braun says that since then, Will Smith and Bieber call each other once a week to talk about his problems and let out his frustrations. Ugh, if only Will Smith was a phone call away from me!
8. His Twitter Statistics are Crazy!
Justin’s home country would be proud! He currently has over 90 million Twitter followers which is more than the entire population of Canada which is just over 30 million! What’s even crazier? The pop-star lost 80,000 Twitter followers in 2011 after cutting his iconic hair! Beliebers go to major extremes!
9. Bieber’s Hair Sold for Thousands
Beliebers truly are one of a kind. When Justin cut his hair, he auctioned it on eBay for for $12,000 and it sold for about $40,000!
10. He has Produced Movies!
Well, kinda. Music isn’t his only talent! Justin has produced two of his concert movies –Justin Bieber: Never Say Never and Justin Bieber’s Believe. I’m sure we’ll see him staring in a real Hollywood movie soon, too. Justin’s skills are endless!
11. Bieber Speaks French Fluently
French Beliebers – rejoice! Justin’s French-Canadian mother wanted him to stick to his roots. Bieber attended a French-language immersion elementary school when growing up in Canada which obviously led him to become fluent in the language.
12. He has Dated Many Famous Girls
From a young age, it was obvious Bieber was going to be a ladies’ man among not only fans, but famous women, too! He has a long history of rumored girlfriends including Kendall Jenner, Hailey Baldwin and Kourntey Kardashian…
13….But his True Love was Selena Gomez
It’s no secret that Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez have had a rocky on-and-off romance. Their relationship timeline which started in 2010 is never-ending. Their break-ups have been blamed on conflicting schedules, “other women” and Bieber’s history of bad behavior.
14. A Fan Claimed Justin was the Father of her Baby
It’s bad enough Bieber had plenty of girls after him, there was even a fan who claimed he was the father of her 3-month old son! The 20-year-old woman filed a paternity lawsuit against the singer claiming she slept with Justin in 2010, backstage at one of his concerts. Justin took part in a DNA test, and the whole case was a closed book.
15. He Helped a Girl get Famous
It looks like Bieber is following in his manager’s footsteps! When he came across singer Madison Beer’s cover of of Etta James’ At Last on YouTube in 2012, he shared it to his 25 million followers which led to her trending worldwide on Twitter and gaining substantial media coverage. That’s not all! Bieber personally had Madison signed to Island Records. The Dead singer is now managed by Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun.
16. Bieber had to Apologize to the Former President
A red-faced Bieber was forced to apologize to former president of the United States, Bill Clinton after footage surfaced showing the popstar spraying a liquid at a photo of him, shouting, “Fuck Bill Clinton.” After speaking with him over the phone, Bieber thanked Clinton on Twitter for taking the time time to talk to him. The footage received worldwide attention as it also included scenes of Bieber urinating into a mop bucket in the kitchen of a nightclub.
17. He was Arrested in 2014
Fans were worried that Bieber had hit rock bottom in 2014 when he’d been arrested for DUI, driving with an expired license, drag racing and resisting arrest. TMZ claimed that Justin also had “consumed some alcohol, been smoking marijuana and consumed some prescription medication.” He pleaded guilty to the charges, was fined and later sentenced to attend anger management courses. More than 270,000 persons petitioned the White House seeking to have him deported from the United States. Bieber’s controversy doesn’t end there. Prior to his arrest, the singer was also charged with one misdemeanor count of vandalism for egging his neighbor’s house. It’s safe to say that Bieber is a changed man since 2014…
18. Bieber Was on America’s Most Hated List
After running in with the law and causing a stir, Bieber landed himself on America’s Most Hated Men list. Believe it or not, the singer was at 5th place among murderers and fraudsters! That’s not all! Justin’s number one single, Baby became the most disliked video on YouTube with over 900,000 dislikes. Seriously? There must be worse things to hate in this world, surely?
19. He was Accused of Condoning “Rape”
Only the stupidest would complain about something as crazy as this. Certain lyrics in What Do You Mean were taken out of context upon its release with many deeming them as “rapey”. The popstar was accused of encouraging his fans to not listen to a girl when she says “no”. Bieber defended his song and told Ryan Seacrest – “Girls are often flip-floppy. They say something, and then they mean something else. What do you mean?… I don’t really know, that’s why I’m asking,” He was genuinely stating that the girl he’s speaking of is very indecisive or sends mixed signals.
20. Bieber Had a Pet Monkey
In 2013, Bieber was gifted a pet monkey by record producer Mally Mall. He took several selfies with it but it was later quarantined by custom officials at a German airport because the singer didn’t have the required documentation to bring the animal into the country. That’s not the first time Bieber has tried to follow in the footsteps of Michael Jackson…
21. He Wanted to Buy Michael Jackson’s Neverland
According to the Sunday People, Justin was allegedly interested in buying Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch back in 2013 when it went up for sale. It was apparently the best place for him to escape the public eye – “Neverland is up for sale so it’s a no-brainer for Justin, he would love to live there. Michael Jackson is his idol”, an insider said. In the end, Bieber didn’t buy MJ’s estate. Instead, he lives in his home in Toluca Lake, California.
22. Bieber Has a Song With Michael Jackson
What would Michael Jackson have thought of this? Slave 2 The Rhythm surfaced online in 2013 bringing together the vocals and talent of MJ and Bieber. The song had in fact been recorded by the late Michael Jackson back in 2009 before his death but Biebs decided to mix in a few of his vocals and add a heavier dance beat to the original track. At least Bieber can say he has a song with the King of Pop – kinda…
23. He Once Cried Publically On Stage
Justin Bieber let his emotions out during a performance at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards. The singer broke down in tears after giving an energetic performance of What Do U Mean? Many thought Bieber cried over his breakup with Selena Gomez but instead it was due to the overwhelmingly positive response he gained from the crowd. From getting arrested, to being booed on stage, the popstar had since owned up to his mistakes and turned his life around.
24. Bieber’s Calvin Klein Shoot Caused a Stir
When the singer became the new face of Calvin Klein in 2015, Beliebers were over the moon to see his toned torso in the steamy shoot. Their dreams had come crashing down when it was revealed that his erm, “big bulge” was photoshopped. An embarrassing photo that leaked showed Justin before retouching. That must have hurt his ego!
25. His Nudes Leaked!
The screams of millions (and billions) Beliebers were heard across the globe in October 2015 when Justin’s nude photos accidentally leaked online. The popstar was secretly photographed on his balcony whilst vacationing in Bora Bora with model Jayde Pierce. Let’s just say, there’s little left to the imagination. Bieber has officially bared it all (and we’re not complaining)!
— Daily Mail Celebrity (@DailyMailCeleb) October 8, 2015
26. He Speaks to his Pastor Often
Justin texts Pastor Judah Smith of Seattle’s nondenominational City Church on a daily basis to “not get discouraged or despondent because of perceived failures.” He also hangs out with Pastor Carl Lentz, who serves as Bieber’s spiritual guide. It’s great to see Justin with good people around him…
27. Justin is the Manager of a Charity
He may have a troubled past but that hasn’t stopped him from giving a helping hand to those in need. Justin is a manager of Pencils Of Promise, a charity that helps build schools in developing countries. The organization was found by by Adam Braun, Justin’s manager’s brother.
Justin Bieber has certainly had his ups and downs from releasing mega-hits, to causing controversy in the headlines. His nine years of stardom have been a whirlwind with massive achievements as well as downfalls but each has helped build up his iconic legacy. There’s no doubt that Biebs is going to stick around as the face of pop music for a very, very long time…
28. He’s Taking a Break in Music
In July 2017, Bieber sadly let down his fans by cancelling his Purpose World Tour due to “unforeseen circumstances”. He later took to Instagram announcing that he was taking a step back to “be the man I want to be”. Rumors swirled that Justin had cancelled his tour because he’d “rededicated his life to Christ.” He later denied this.
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