Justin Bieber’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Year
It’s pretty clear that Justin Bieber hasn’t exactly been having the best year. Since mid-2012, the 19-year-old star has endured legal troubles, personal troubles and (perhaps most notably) a quick descent into an increasingly erratic sense of style.
I’m not going to call it a downward spiral, mostly because that phrase reminds me of a Nine Inch Nails album I really like – but I will call it fairly entertaining, if a little worrisome. In case you too would like to get up to speed on the minutiae of Justin Bieber’s weird life with only the detail a pop culture blogger can provide (oh god, someone please help me), I’ve compiled this handy timeline of the Biebs’ drama-filled year. Enjoy!
Meets Stephen Harper wearing the dumbest outfit ever (November 26)
This is where it all began, folks. Justin Bieber met Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper while wearing a big, stupid hat and partially unbuckled overalls, and it’s been pretty much downhill from there.
Underage friends denied entry to club on what Biebs declares “worst birthday.” (March 1)
Biebs attempted to take his buds, some of whom were underage, to the Cirque du Soir nightclub in London for his 19th birthday party. When the club refused entry to Bieber’s kiddie pals (including 14-year-old Jaden Smith), Bieber went back to his hotel room and tweeted “Worst birthday.” Poor baby.
Shows up late to London concert (March 5)
Biebs made a lot of fans very sad when he took the stage late at a concert in London. Most media outlets were reporting the Biebs went on two hours behind schedule, though Bieber himself said he was only 40 minutes late. Considering he was late for several other concerts on his Believe tour, we’re inclined to say it doesn’t matter – disrespectful either way.
Threatens to “f**king beat the f**k out of” a paparazzo (March 8)
Bieber was captured on camera getting into a vicious shouting match with a paparazzo in London, during which he yelled, “I’ll f**king beat the f**k out of you.” He had to be restrained by his own bodyguards.
Investigated for battery after altercation with a neighbor (March 27)
In March, a neighbor accused the Biebs of battery after an alleged altercation with the singer over his tendency to drive recklessly through his Calabasas neighborhood (or a party that was allegedly thrown at his house while the singer was overseas – the reports weren’t particularly clear).
Pet monkey is confiscated by German customs (March 30)
Upon disembarking from his private jet, Bieber’s apparently beloved pet monkey, Mally, was confiscated by German customs officials when the pop star was unable to provide health certificates for him. Even though Biebs and Mally were allegedly BFFs, Bieber never returned to provide customs with the appropriate documentation, and the monkey was seized by the country of Germany. (For the record, Mally is now living in a German wildlife park and is doing just fine.)
Says he hopes Anne Frank would’ve been a Belieber (April 15)
“Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a belieber,” the Biebs wrote in the guestbook at the Anne Frank House. People balked at his arrogance – though, for what it’s worth, a rep for the Anne Frank House didn’t think it was offensive.
Drugs found on tour bus (April 25)
In April, Bieber’s tour bus was searched in Sweden after officers smelled weed smoke. Police found a stun gun and a small amount of pot on the bus. Officers were unable to determine who the pot belonged to, so no one was charged.
Gets booed at the Billboard Music Awards (May 20)
While accepting the Milestone Award at the Billboard Music Awards, Biebs was met with a chorus of boos and jeers from the audience. During his uncomfortable speech, he reassured the crowd he’s “not a gimmick.”
Spotted bro-ing it up with Chris Brown (May 21)
Bieber posted a photo on Instagram of himself posing with Chris Brown. Despite the fact that the two have worked together in the past, lots of people (including us) weren’t too happy to see the Biebs palling it up with such a contentious character.
Draws complaints from neighbors over alleged speeding in neighborhood (May 28)
In May, neighbors – including Keyshawn Johnson and Eric Dickerson — took Bieber to task for allegedly speeding and driving recklessly through his Calabasas neighborhood. As you’ll recall, that’s also what he allegedly got in an altercation over with a different neighbor in March.
Allegedly refuses to be photographed at a Miami Heat game until someone brings him a cheerleader (June 6)
According to a young woman who was seated next to him at a Miami Heat game in early June, the Biebs “wasn’t the friendliest” and also refused to be photographed until someone brought over one of the Heat’s dancers.
Seen driving a leopard print Audi (June 11)
Biebs was caught on video pulling out of Miley Cyrus’s driveway in a ridiculous leopard print Audi that, according to TMZ, he may have paid around $150,000 for.
Accused of alleged hit and run (June 18)
Bieber was accused of hitting a paparazzo with his car (not the leopard print Audi) outside the Laugh Factory in L.A. He was later cleared of all wrongdoing when police deemed him not responsible for the photographer’s injuries.