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 and trivia about the popular superstar that you probably didn’t know – like his battle with drug addiction, mental health issues or the time he sold his hair to a fan for $40,000!
Now’s your chance to learn more about the Purpose star! 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!
Here’s a fun fact about Bieber! 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 called 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 us!
8. His Twitter Statistics are Crazy!
Justin’s home country would be proud! He currently has over 110 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
Speaking of… When Justin cut off his signature hair in 2011, he decided to auction it on eBay for for $12,000. Beleive it or not, the mane sold to a crazy fan for about $40,000! Beliebers truly are one of a kind…
10. He has Produced Movies!
Music isn’t his only talent! Justin has produced two of his concert movies –Justin Bieber: Never Say Never and Justin Bieber’s Believe, and he served as executive producer for his 2020 docu-series, Seasons. We’re 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! Justin’s list of rumored girlfriends is extensive, including the likes of Kendall Jenner, Adriana Lima, and Kourntey Kardashian…
13. He’ll Always Love 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 seemed to be never-ending until 2018 when they finally called it quits. Despite their rough break-ups and messy history, Justin has admitted that Selena will “always hold a place” in his heart and that they’ll always be friends.
14. He’s Married!
Justin may always care for Selena, but he’s now found the true love of his life in Hailey Baldwin. In fact, the duo got married in September 2018 after a few years of on-and-off dating. In his docu-series, Seasons, Justin dubbed Hailey “the sickest chick in the game”, while also talking babies – “Since I was young I always, like, wanted to be married. I always wanted a family.” We’re super happy for Biebs, especially since marriage has given him a sense of stability!
15. 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 then-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.
16. 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.
17. 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.
18. 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…
19. Bieber Was on America’s Most Hated List
Here’s an interesting fact about Bieber that might actually shock you. 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?
20. 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.
21. 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…
22. 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 Waterloo, Ontario.
23. 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…
24. He Once Cried Publicly 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.
25. 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!
26. 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!
If you’d ever wondered what Justin Bieber looks like naked, today’s your lucky day http://t.co/cUPrlC9Zs2 pic.twitter.com/TO1yOzlWuZ
— Daily Mail Celebrity (@DailyMailCeleb) October 8, 2015
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.
28. He Took a 3-Year Break From 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 and admitted the real reason for taking a hiatus was due to being “really tired emotionally, physically”.
In an interview with Zane Lowe in 2020, Justin revealed, “I was supposed to do a bunch of stadiums,” he continued. “I mean I pushed through the last month or two, and I couldn’t believe I pushed through that. So when they were like, ‘We got to still do stadiums,’ I was like, ‘This is not going to be good. I’m not going to be able to make it through that.’ And it’s just, no, it won’t work. And I’m someone who pushes, pushes, pushes until it’s the last straw, so I just couldn’t do it.”
29. Justin Suffered from Mental Health Issues
It’s no secret that Justin has inner demons to fight (don’t we all?!). He came clean about his anxiety and mental health issues in a lengthy Instagram post in September 2019, revealing that he “didn’t even want to live anymore”.
Disclosing the real reason why he quit music in 2017, Bieber revealed that he had been “overwhelmed with life” and struggled to change his mindset. Despite this dark period in Bieber’s life, as seen in his docu-series, Seasons, he’s clearly trying to overcome his bouts of anxiety through antidepressants, counselling and by using hyperbaric chambers. Good luck, Biebs!
30. He has a Chronic Disease
After being photographed looking unwell with marks on his skin, many were quick to judge that Bieber was doing drugs again. The reality was that he was fighting a chronic viral infection. On Instagram, Justin revealed that he was “recently diagnosed with Lyme disease”, a bacterial infection, which is carried by a species of ticks. At the same time, the singer had “a serious case of chronic mono which affected his [my] skin, brain function, energy, and overall health”. Thankfully, Justin is now maintaining the disease and getting stronger by the day.
31. Bieber Admits he Had a Drug Problem
In his docu-series, Justin made the honest confession that he did indeed have a drug problem. In fact, the superstar admitted to being addicted to weed, lean, Molly, and magic mushrooms and used them as a way to escape all the troubles of his teenage years. Bieber’s addiction got so bad to the point where he felt like he was “dying” and had to have his security team check his pulse every night. Eventually, though, the singer swapped illegal drugs for antidepressants and counselling, which has finally helped him “get out of bed in the morning.”
32. Ariana Grande Helped Him Get Back to Music
If there’s one person to thank for Bieber’s comeback, it’s this dainty diva. Ariana Grande and Justin’s relationship proved even stronger when he admitted that it was her show which helped him get back into the studio. After being invited to perform during her Coachella set in 2018 (several years after taking a break from music), Justin was inspired to get back to work. Walking off stage, he told his management team, “I want you to get me back out here…I want to go to the studio, I want to dance, I want to go to the gym and I want vocal warm-ups in there.” If it wasn’t for Ari, maybe we wouldn’t have the blessing that is Changes today!
33. He’s in a Better Head-space
After years of fighting fame, depression, drugs, and a disease, Justin is finally in a good place. The singer has returned to music, married the love of his life, and admitted that he’s happy and in a “better headspace.” We’re proud of you, Biebs!
Justin has certainly had his ups and downs from releasing mega-hits, to causing controversy in the headlines. His twelve 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…
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