The rise and fall of Justin Bieber: A complete timeline of his most controversial moments


He was a complete dork with terrible fashion sense, even worse hair and a poster of Bart Simpson on his bedroom wall.

But when Justin Bieber shared videos of himself singing on YouTube in 2007, who would have known the boy with a face softer than a bag of marshmallows would eventually turn into an arrogant little twerp?

There’s no denying his prepubescent covers of Chris Brown and Justin Timberlake are pretty awesome.

So it’s unfortunate that testicles drop and voices break because since growing up the Biebshas been on a free-fall of popularity.

From his controversial views on abortion and his vow to remain ‘pure’ until marriage to allegedly smoking weed and ‘fights’ with the paparazzi.

Here’s where it all went wrong for the squeaky clean popstar.


When Justin was born on March 1st 1994, Mariah Carey was number one with her tune Without You. We wouldn’t judge if you stopped reading for a moment to go and relive this song on Spotify.

He didn’t have a traditional upbringing and his mother was just 17-years-old when she gave birth to Baby Biebs.

His parents were never married but they maintained a close friendship to focus on giving Justin a future in music.

Which is just as well because it would be a few years before Jeremy Kyle arrived on the scene to help save dysfunctional relationships.

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His manager Scooter Braun spotted him on YouTube six years ago and tracked down Justin’s mum – or mom in this instance – Pattie to ask about signing him to his record label co-founded with Usher.

It’s amazing that anyone can spend longer than four minutes on the video website before watching clips of animals being absolutely hilarious, so the record executive deserves a hat tip for his commitment to find a star.

There was so much hype about Biebs that even Justin Timberlake tried to snap up the baby-faced singer for his own record label but lost out to Usher and ultimately a gazillion dollars (or something, we’re not accountants).

And here’s one of the videos that we can thank/blame (delete where appropriate) for Justin Bieber’s fame.


By now he had released his debut album My World which immediately went platinum so things were going well. Too well, if anything.

Gone were the days of busking on steps in a tiny Canadian town or singing RnB songs to a webcam to his webcam.

And so the incredibly contagious and sometimes nauseating condition of Bieber Fever began to spread.


Just a year after he became a signed artist, Justin performed at the White House – you might have heard of it, it’s where big Prez Obama works from home.

We can just imagine Barack and Michelle making cocktails and taking turns to sing lines of Baby.

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He released his first full-length studio album My World 2.0 and soon after he accounted for 3% of the traffic on Twitter. That’s more traffic than the M25 in rush-hour.

He was also tipped as more influential than Barack Obama and The Dalai Lama by digital website Klout.

Add to this a bit of puberty, some mood swings, a deeper voice and a world tour via business class to exotic places and sooner or later going to have SOME effect.


Justin’s mum is obviously very proud of growing such a rich, famous and successful human inside her womb.

And she was probably equally as chuffed that her son wouldn’t have any Baby Biebers with horny groupies (more on THIS later) after telling E!: “He’s expressed his desire to stay pure and honour women and treat women with respect.”


Which is fine – and it was quite a trendy thing to do a few years ago.

All the young celebs in LA-LA-Land said the same old tosh about banning hanky panky until the wedding night – even Britney Spears, who you might remember got married in a boozy Vegas wedding.

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The tiny star was always sweet and smiling when speaking to fans and media but he sparked controversy following an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, where he gave his views on abortion and abstinence.

He said: “I don’t think you should have sex with anyone unless you love them.”

Justin continued: “I really don’t believe in abortion. It’s like killing a baby,” before expressing a naive confusion over cases of rape.

It’s not his fault, he missed high school because he was singing for the President.


But hold on, who’s this lovely lady?

Justin, 16 at the time, started dated Disney queen Selena Gomez, who was 18, and immediately everyone assumed they would be doing IT but no – far from it.

It just so happened that Selena’s favourite bling was a purity ring.


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However after a few months of holding hands and possibly some over-bra topping action (try not to picture it too vividly) the ring came off! Gasp.

A family friend told The National Enquirer:  “When the ring came off, Selena’s parents became unglued. Selena got the ring at 12 and never took it off.

“But when things started getting hot with Justin, suddenly she was wearing it less and less. They’d be heartsick if she did something with him that she’d later regret.”


Justin wasn’t single anymore and his baby (baby, baby, oooh) face was morphing into one of a puny man. He started to dress like a confused Michael Jackson and developed a difficult relationship with paparazzi.

March continued

He was celebrating his 17th birthday with girlfriend Selena and felt the snappers were harassing him.

So naturally, he hit back with a middle finger and some choice words that we can’t repeat unless it’s written in asterisks or Wingdings which is utterly pointless.

It was a new side to Justin. An attitude that has been fuelled by ‘yes men’ and people telling him over and over again that he’s the best thing to grace the planet since sliced bread, David Attenborough and booze.



But the biggest shock of all came when Justin was slapped in the face (not literally, that would be really uncalled for) with a paternity test from a woman who he claims to have never met. Woah.

When the allegations were made things were going pretty darn well. The singer was in a happy relationship and was searched for on Google more than ‘God’ – although he was beaten to top spot by ‘Porn’.

But this scandal nearly pushed him over the edge.


He was accused of being the father of a 4-month-old baby boy with Mariah Yeater who later dropped the claims after a month of wild rumours and bizarre source stories in the US media.

Naturally, Justin complied with a paternity test and sent off his famous DNA in a little tub and in classic fashion said: “I know that I’m going to be a target, but I’m never going to be a victim.”


Justin was given a pack of crayons and some blank paper to write his autobiography.

And in his book (which is mostly pictures) he explains his relationship with the people who chase him around the Hollywood hills: ‘There’s a misconception that I hate the paparazzi – I don’t, I simply don’t like the aggressive paparazzi.


‘Whenever you see me getting angry or upset in the media what you don’t get to see on camera is how those people came up to me and said things like, ‘Hey Justin, why are you such a punk lately?’, ‘Your mom is ugly’, and, ‘Your little brother and sister are ugly babies’.’

All we can say for certain is that his mother bear definitely isn’t ugly.


In the same month he SENSATIONALLY admitted to “having a beer” despite being under the legal drinking age, Justin got into an altercation with a tabloid snapper when he left a cinema with Selena.

It all kicked off when the pap allegedly blocked Justin’s car and according to TMZ a lawyer had advised him to call 911 and file a police report against the popstar.

The photographer went to hospital after complaining about chest pains which begs the question: How weak do you have to be to lose a wrestle against Justin?

To be fair, with the pockets hanging out of his trousers looking like dollar bills Justin was probably committing a crime against fashion.

It was the start of Justin’s negative public reactions, public breakdowns and in one case offending the public.

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Justin lacked social awareness and was apparently being a bit sweary on a flight.

A mother-of-two reportedly was forced to ask him to “stop yelling curse words and using that kind of language on a plane.”

A spokesperson for Justin later admitted that he was deeply ashamed and embarrassed for making a scene and offending other passengers.

Two months after the incident Justin was interviewed on radio show Mojo in the Morning and when asked about One Direction star Harry Styles’ famous string of older conquests, he replied: “I don’t think you should worry about me [and my mum with Harry Styles] – worry about your mum, bro.”

Mojo told him that his mother had passed away causing Bieber to hang up on the call and end the interview. Now is that awkward or what?

Then it was Justin’s turn to call the cops on the paparazzi…

July continued

Justin was accused of driving over speeds of 80mph during an incident where he called 911 to complain about chasing paparazzi.

He told the responding officer his surname was “Johnson”, before he explained: “I was going to go fast so I could lose these people and then I got pulled over and the police told me that if they kept following me to call in.”

He also filed harassment documents against those pesky paps following him.

It’s alleged Justin was charged with another driving offence and TMZ reported a separate occasion when his speed peaked at 100mph.

The year ended in a scary and bizarre way for Justin after it emerged he was the target of two would-be hit men who planned to ‘murder and castrate him’.


Well, that’s what you get for drinking lots of milk, Justin! He was performing on stage when he was actually sick in front of thousands of fans. He blamed it on too much semi-skimmed. Sure.

In this time he lost his title as Most Viewed on YouTube to viral dance crazy Gangnam Style. Which is utterly soul destroying and depressing for the entire world so it must be properly heartbreaking for Justin.



The year started with some serious news when sadly his fame – and the paparazzi obsession with him – led to a tragic accident.

Justin has called for a change in law to protect celebrities and photographers after a member of the paparazzi was killed while chasing his famous car.

The incident happened in January and Justin was not in the white Ferrari at the time, but it’s thought that one of his friends was driving when the photographer was struck down by an oncoming vehicle in LA.

January continued

Well, well, well. Mr. Bieber. You’ve been a naughty boy.

Completely unaware that he was being snapped on a mobile phone, Justin was caught smoking a suspicious looking roll-up cigarette.

US reports claim that Justin was with his mate Lil Twist when he was seen allegedly smoking a spliff.


He told chat show host Jimmy Falon about his constant run ins with the law: “You know what, the police really like to pull me over. I don’t do anything, I promise.”

In a sketch for hit show Saturday Night Live, mocking himself in character as a Miley Cyrus fan he said: “I also heard he got busted for smoking weed. And he’s really sorry about it. And people make mistakes. And he’s never gonna do it again.”

February continued

At this stage in his career he’s already got enough platinum discs to relaunch his own branded HMV but it seems that the Grammy folks aren’t impressed by Biebs.

Justin received NO nominations for the awards bash and manager Scooter ranted on Twitter: “I just plain DISAGREE. The kid deserved it. Grammy board u blew it on this one.’ But of course he would say that.

Following the ceremony he had a full on Twitter feud with Black Keys drummer after a few bitchy comments.

JB said the rocker should be “slapped around” for his making a dig at the popstar.

After winning a Grammy for Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Album, The Black Keys drummer Patrick told TMZ that Bieber didn’t deserve any recognition.

He said: “Grammys are for like music, not for money.”

February continued still…

The following days were shamed by rumours he had cheated on long-term girlfriend Selena after their relationship appeared to be over for good. They have split and made-up again more times than Ross and Rachael.


One person Justin was alleged to have had a fling with Rihanna. Read more about that gossip over here.



He was ironically burning the birthday candles at both ends on his 19th.

It was reported that the swanky London club he hosted the party – Cirque du Soir – refused his mates Jaden Smith (of Will Smith spawn fame) and his latest accessory Ella-Paige Roberts Clark for being underage.

There was also talk of the venue stank of marijuana which led to staff evicting the party members.


JB got himself a McDonalds and headed home, dubbing the night his ‘worst birthday’.

He later hit back at the “weak ass” club and denies trying to take underage Jaden Smithin.


Fans booed their hero after he turned up nearly TWO HOURS late on stage in London – on a school night.

The doors opened at 6:30pm and eager fans furious when he failed to appear at the advertised time of 8:30pm.

Many of Bieber’s fans are young kids and teens who don’t have the luxury of late nights and many had to leave before the show.

Furious parents and schoolchildren tweeted their frustration when he failed to appear on the first of four O2 shows until just after 10:20pm.

A punter inside the O2 said: “He’s two hours late and Bieber is still not on stage. Kids are having to leave as it’s so late. Not fair – bless them.”


The tiny popstar was branded “arrogant git” after he made young girls wait THREE HOURS in the cold for a meet and greet on Monday – but then barely acknowledging them.

Furious dad Phil Hurn said: “They were told they were getting 30 seconds each but he didn’t even talk to some of them.

“He was an arrogant little git. They were promised goodie bags and a signed album but they didn’t get that either.”

Ironically, he was pictured wearing two Rolex watches earlier in the week so he doesn’t have any excuse to be late.

Justin later tweeted an apology, blaming the delay on ‘technical issues’, but that didn’t stop the local council fining him £300,000 for the late-running show (that’s £10,000 per minute, FYI).


More signs of a meltdown emerge as Justin takes to Twitter to rant about the past few days of scandal and drama. It’s basically an essay but worth reading in full.

‘Rumors rumors and more rumors. nothing more nothing less. might talk about them 1 day. [Right] now I’m just gonna be positive. cant bring me down.

‘I’m focused on the good things in life. I’m blessed and not forgetting it. I’m giving back every day for it. cant phase me.

‘Fake stories to sell papers i guess are part of the job. but I’m a good person. i know that. u cant tell me different. we know the truth.

‘As long as my family, friends, and fans r with me u can say whatever. we are all equal in God’s eyes & we have a responsibility to each other.

‘Say when i came out of my show with my shirt off because after performing for 2 hours i might be sweaty i was going into a club (really?).


‘Or any girl i stand next to is my girl or that i don’t care, or that i don’t feel, or that a 19 year old going to a club in europe is wild…

‘I understand it is part of the job to be judged…but judge me on the facts, judge me on the music, and be careful of the judgement u pass.

‘But know this… I’m only judged by one power, and i serve him.

‘So yeah I will continue being me. i will continue to serve, to perform, to care, to love, to smile, to dance, to play, to sing…

‘And u are welcome to join, because i carry no hate. We got to much love for that. I’m about the music.

‘Gonna enjoy the day and keep smiling. so should all of u. Much love. i see u ?#beliebers? = i love u.’

He might need to have a chat to Nicole Scherzinger too, because she’s really not happy with him either.


Justin’s week got a whole lot weirder last night as the singer went out to dinner wearing a gas mask.

The Bieb donned the rubber mask as he headed to Mr Chow in London for a spot of posh nosh.

He styled it out with a pair of leather trousers that matched the mask (we can’t seriously believe we’re writing this), as well as a baseball cap, some funky floral trainers and a cream cardi with the hood pulled up over his head.


Weirdly, this isn’t the first time that Justin’s been snapped sporting the unusual headwear -he also wore it to go on a shopping trip when he first arrived in London two weeks ago, prompting people (well, us) to compare him to Darth Vader.


Justin was rushed to hospital after suffering breathing difficulties on stage at London’s O2 Arena.

The singer was initially treated by doctors backstage for up to 15 minutes before returning to finish the show.

However, after the gig ended, he was taken to an undisclosed London hospital for a thorough medical examination.

Some fans at the arena claimed to have seen the 19-year-old faint and others believed he’d hit his head on a speaker.

However, the star singer managed to leave the stage himself with help from staff and members of his management team.

Manager Scooter Braun stepped up to the microphone to explain the situation to the worried crowd.

He said:”Justin got very light of breath, the whole show he’s been complaining.

“He’s backstage with the EMTs (emergency medical team) and the doctor.

“They’re telling him they want him to go and see somebody and find out what’s going on with his lungs, he’s just told me that in five minutes, if it’s OK with you guys, he’s going to come out and finish the show.

“So he might not be jumping around as much and everything else, you guys need to be patient with us, we’re not trying to be disrespectful, we’re not trying to get you guys home late, we’re truly trying to put on a show for the people who love him.”


Justin wrote to his 35 million followers on Twitter that he was “getting better”.

He tweeted: “thanks for everyone pulling me thru tonight. best fans in the world. figuring out what happened. thanks for the love.”

Manager Scooter added: “tough kid. proud night. once again he always finishes the show. full out. true pro.

“Now get better and rest up! strange night but proud nt. tough as nails.”

A source close to the star said he was “just very tired from a long week” and was in hospital “for precautionary reasons”.

An official spokeswoman said he had not been suffering from any health issues prior to the show.