Justin Bieber's Un-Bieliebably Bad Year Continues
Justin Bieber's rough 2013 began with a breakup – between him and his girlfriend of two years Selena Gomez. "I'm not in the happiest place that I've ever been," Bieber told Billboard in January shortly after news broke. Although the on-off couple rekindled their romance later in the year, by mid-2013, their relationship was so over.
The New Year also saw the pop star make headlines when a paparazzo was struck and killed while crossing the street chasing what he thought was a Ferrari driven by the pop star (turns out it was occupied by a friend). "While I was not present nor directly involved with this tragic accident, my thoughts and prayers are with the family of the victim," Bieber said in a statement following the incident, calling on authorities to tighten photography laws in California.
It became the "worst birthday" for the Biebs when he was kicked out of a London club for reportedly bringing underage pal Jaden Smith, then 14, to his 19th birthday bash in March. Justin denied the charges ("U think Will is letting his 14 year old in a club?" he Tweeted) and blamed the venue for his abrupt exit, saying the staff was pushing fans and being overly aggressive.
Bieber's London blues continued when he showed up nearly two hours late to his March 4 concert at the city's O2 Arena, leaving fans disgruntled. Just four days later, he was hospitalized after collapsing on stage because of breathing problems – though insisted on finishing his show. Once he was feeling better, he shared a shirtless selfie from his hospital bed, thanking fans for their support.
NO MONKEYING AROUND
It was bye-bye Mally when the singer's capuchin monkey was seized in March by German officials in Munich after the singer brought the animal into the country without the necessary paperwork. After one month in quarantine at a local animal shelter, Mally was transferred to a zoo where he's currently living happily ever after with some monkey pals.
A LITTLE TOO 'FRANK'
Bieber was again the center of drama when he left a self-serving note in the guestbook of the Anne Frank House museum in Amsterdam in April. "Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a belieber," he wrote, implying the 15-year-old girl, who died while living in a concentration camp in Nazi-occupied Germany, may have been a fan. Though readers were outraged by the remark, the museum later indicated that they were thrilled by his visit.
PLAN OF ATTACK
It was a terrifying case of fandom gone too far when Bieber was forcefully tackled from behind by a male admirer while playing his song "Believe" on the piano during a concert in Dubai on May 5. Security guards rushed to restrain the stage-crasher, and after a three-minute break, the singer returned to finish the concert. "Dubai. Nothing stops the show," he Tweeted afterward.
The year's antics culminated at the Billboard Awards on May 19, where the audience erupted in a chorus of boos as Justin claimed the fan-voted Milestone Award at the Las Vegas show. "I'm 19 years old," the star said, defending himself against the crowd. "I think I'm doing a pretty good job."
Take no prisoners! Comedian Zach Galifianakis let nothing slide when he interviewed Justin in September for his comedy series, Between Two Ferns, in possibly the most awkward interview ever. "It's really exciting to talk to you especially right in the middle of your public meltdown," The Hangover actor deadpanned, before asking about the Anne Frank comments and calling the pop star "cocky."
He's no Banksy! Brazilian police charged Bieber with defacing a hotel building in Rio de Janeiro during the South American leg of his tour in November. Luckily the graffiti-loving star got a better reception later that month in Brisbane, Australia, where he tagged a wall out his hotel with colorful monsters. The hotel manager, who wasn't upset by the incident, plans to keep the "piece of art," according to TMZ.
A BAD EGG
Weeks after first suggesting plans to retire, Bieber starts off the new year with a new scandal. A neighbor in his gated community in Calabasas, Calif., called the police on him Jan. 9 after the singer allegedly pelted his house with eggs. Days later, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department searched the 19-year-old's home for evidence, and police arrested another individual for felony drug possession during the raid.
Heading to Miami, Bieber hits speed bump when he's arrested in Miami Beach early Jan. 23 for DUI and drag racing after leaving a club, police said. The pop star was driving a rented Lamborghini when he was pulled over for speeding and failed a field sobriety test. Police are also investigating events from earlier in the week, when Bieber and some friends received a police escort during a night out, which included a visit to a strip club.