Justin Bieber: The Beliebers Want Something to Believe In

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Once upon a time, pop singer Justin Bieber was all over the media because of  his talent. Whether someone loved or loathed him, it was not difficult to understand why he got so much attention. He was a singer. Nowadays, Justin Bieber is still very much in the media. However, it hardly seems to be based on his talent for music, as it seems to be regarding his talent for getting into trouble. The one thing that hasn’t seemed to change is the support of his fan base, the “Beliebers”. But at this point, what exactly are they supporting? Is there something for the “Beliebers” to truly believe in?

At a young age, the Canadian born youngster managed to transform himself from a YouTube viral star to an actual pop phenomenon. His first extended play, My World, catapulted the then 15-year-old into the spotlight with catchy songs many were probably embarrassed to admit they actually liked. He grew up a bit on his follow-up, 2010’s My World 2.0 and whether you liked it or not, the boy had obvious talent. R&B superstar Usher mentored Justin and the wave of success was massive. His young fans, happily calling themselves “Beliebers”, kept him on top. His first five releases charted in the top 10 on Billboard, which is interesting considering out of the five, only two were actual full length albums of original music (the others consisted of two remix CDs; My World Acoustic and Never Say Never; and a Christmas album, Under The Mistletoe).

By 2012’s Believe, it started to dawn on most that at any given point in time, they were going to run into a Justin Bieber song. Not only had his music seemed to mature, the first single from Believe; the more urban-influenced, Girlfriend, began to crossover into R&B owned radio stations. Justin Bieber was no longer just a pop star, he was a music star. However, other things about him changed as well, beginning with his image.

Long gone were the days of the infamous Bieber hair style. It was eventually replaced by a sleeker cut that mirrored his maturity. The singer started to get a few tattoos, which he proudly showed off. There was a rumor that he impregnated a female fan at one of his concerts. The accusations were justin biebereventually proved false. If anything, the rumor added a bit more edge to someone perceived as being clean-cut. There is nothing wrong with wanting to change ones image and to be seen differently, but Justin Bieber took that edge to the max and then some.

There were rumors about him smoking marijuana. Those rumors were eventually proven to be true. There were accusations that stronger drugs might have been consumed by the singer. They were never fully denied. There were speeding issues the singer seemed to have on a constant basis. When he was not driving one of his cars, one of his close friends were behind the wheel and sometimes, the results were disastrous: a paparazzo was killed attempting to take a picture of Justin inside of his yellow Lamborghini. He met a cruel end when he was hit by an oncoming car in another traffic lane. In an ironic twist, Justin Bieber was not the one driving that evening.

More accusations of drug use followed. Violence got into the mix when after being released from a hospital in late 2013, the young star got into a scuffle with a paparazzo. There were missed concert dates and concerts he arrived late to. There were police raids at his house, on his tour bus and even on his private plane. This month alone, the now 20-year-old has been accused of allowing his bodyguard to chase after and beat down a paparazzo. He is also facing a possible theft charge for attempting to steal the cell phone of a woman, as he believed she had been taking pictures of him. The sad thing about these moments are that they are only a small amount of  things he has been accused of. That does not include his first formal arrest earlier this year for conducting an alleged drag race down a busy Miami street.

His fans have stood strong by him, more than ever. However, their support of him seems to come at the worst of times. Whenever a negative story about Justin Bieber comes to fruition, the “Beliebers” seem to rally together and protect the young star in the most obscene of ways. Following the initial stories that Justin had been drinking and on drugs the night of the drag race incident, a hashtag on Twitter began to trend, which read “We Will Always Support You, Justin”. He eventually admitted that he had taken Xanax and smoked marijuana on the night of the incident, which left him in an impaired state. Someone could have been injured or worse, possibly killed that night. But still, his fans supported him and promised that nothing would change in their eyes.

Another instance has to do with the “Beliebers” attacking many journalists for simply speaking the truth about the instances Justin has been in trouble. For a while, TMZ dedicated a section of their television show to airing phone calls of angry fans calling into their studio and saying some rather derogatory things to the people who work there. They seem so badly to want to believe their idol, but the “Beliebers” do not seem to be putting their money where their sometimes dirty mouths are.

Justin has released some music since his troubles began, as well as a movie. However, neither seemed to do as well as releases in the past. 2013’s Journals, a compilation album of songs Justin released one at a time through iTunes, did not fare well in sales at all and was his lowest charting release. None of the songs from the album had much radio play. The release right before that, an acoustic version of Believe, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard album charts. It might be easy to believe, no pun intended, that the iTunes release negated the need for sales of a physical album, but that has never seemed to stop him from selling and selling well.

His second movie, Justin Bieber: Believe, yes, there is a theme here, opened during Christmas Weekend 2013 and brought in around $3.1 million over those first few days. His first movie, Never Say Never, brought in almost 10 times that amount in its first three days of release. Taking that into account, one can see that the brand of Justin Bieber is not bringing in as much as it used to. So what exactly is being supported?

There was some new music teased earlier this year and Justin has constantly riled fans up with bits and pieces of things he says he is working on, but none have come to fruition. It seems like the only thing being supported is his bad behavior and something our parents instilled in us from a young age is that one does not support bad behavior.

People grow up and change all of the time. It is human nature. Justin Bieber is no longer that 15-year-old boy with the floppy hair who seemed to beckon the world with catchy pop tunes, sweet smiles and songs the older generation liked, even if they did not admit it. Now at 20-years-old, the more we hear about him, the more we hear about his troubles as opposed to the reason he became famous. He recently tweeted that his fans should not “believe the rumors”, something else he has done many times before over these past troubled years. But at some point, one has to admit that rumors are not rumors when there are facts clearly shown and proven. Let us hope something changes in Justin Bieber. If only for his fans, the “Beliebers” want something to believe in.

Opinion by Jonathan Brown


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45 Responses to "Justin Bieber: The Beliebers Want Something to Believe In"

  1. danya   July 31, 2015 at 10:23 pm

    justin te gusteria conocer a una gran chica por ella es muy bonita tambien es muy graciosa y es muy hermosa a una flor

  2. Alex   May 25, 2015 at 7:38 am

    what is Justin Bieber color
    Alex spielman

  3. Meg   May 20, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Erm it’s boyfriend not girlfriend just saying

  4. Rose   May 19, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    You guys don’t understand. You guys don’t understand at all. Justin Drew Bieber, Kidrauhl, grew up in front of us. He is going through a hard time right now and you media need to give him some space so he can breath and think. Don’t you see that you guys are suffocating him? You aren’t giving him any space! He’s acting out, he’s being a teenager! True, Justin is 20, but so are all those college frat boys partying it up, but I don’t see you writing 20 articles about how they’re partying and being irresponsible. We believe that Justin will get better. We believe that Kidrauhl is still in there and we believe in Justin Drew Bieber. It doesn’t matter that his songs aren’t selling as well as they used to, what matters is that we will stay by his side and keep buying every freaking song he releases. Being a belieber, being a part of a fandom means that you stay by your idol’s side. We call ourselves a belieber and that means we will stay by Justin’s side. And maybe he is slowly falling right now, but we are here and we will pick him back up. “I will catch you if you fall,” Justin Drew Bieber.

  5. Elizabeth   May 19, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    I personaly am not a fan of his music because that is not my genre of music I listen to but I do know is that from what I’ve seen lately he’s been in a mess, yes everyone makes mistakes because everyone’s a human being, and nobody is perfect but when people make mistakes they grow up from them, and so far he hasn’t shown that he’s learned from them or even cares for most of his fans by the looks of it, or has any respect towards anyone. But if he was some regular guy who wasn’t as known as he is I wouldn’t be criticizing him I guess if you want to call it that way because it would be his life and not anyone’s so no one should be worrying about it because it doesn’t affect anyone around him besides him but the young fans of his are being affected by it seeing him getting DUI’s , arrested him being rude or disrespectful can affect young children who look up to him and an influence as well. Yes you guys might say he does good things besides the bad things, but it still does not really make up much for the bad things he’s done and is still doing. Apparently I believe in his view he sees like he has the world on his hands and he can get away with things that us “regular” people can’t get away with.

  6. Vanessa   May 19, 2014 at 5:21 am

    Actually, I have something to believe in. I believe that a person can never change completely, so I believe in that little guy who lays inside him, waiting to be shown again.And here is something that I don’t really understand…..what’s more upsetting?Justin’s bad behaviour lately, or society’s extreme fascination with watching people falling down instead of helping them?society disgusts me….and if you really don’t like his behaviour why don’t u do something that really can help him, instead of writing this article just to make money and JUDGE HIM AGAIN?just because that’s what u wanted….to make money….you know what?You should thank God that your life isn’t as his life is, being judged by everyone around….without helping you and making fun of you, because you had the strength to make your dream come true…

  7. Wasini   May 19, 2014 at 4:19 am

    WE BELIEVE IN JUSTIN AND HIS MUSIC. you dont understand it. he grew up in front of our eyes and we do know him. everything he does is judged only bc he is Justin Bieber, the boy who sings Baby. when he does good thing people would say he’s doing them for fames, when he makes mistake they would say he’s the mtfk. for beliebers Justin is the same. he loves and cares his beliebers so much you can never find other idol like Justin “best idol ever”. he’s our inspiration, he taught us to believe, never say never and follow our dreams. if you don’t know, there so many people inspired by Justin and are success nowaday. all the music justin has made are amazing, his voice is completely beautiful and the lyrics are meaningful. even if you don’t like him or his personality, you can still love his songs. just open your heart wide and you would feel them. it’s like he communicated us by his songs. now you know what we truly believe in? it’s Justin Drew Bieber

  8. steph   May 19, 2014 at 4:15 am

    i love justin bieber <3

  9. Alexis   May 19, 2014 at 3:51 am

    He makes mistake just like everyone does except everyone is hounding him about his! He is still the talented 15 year kid we discovered! No matter what happens in the future i will support justin until the very end! I love you bieber! <3

  10. Nemi   May 18, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    Im a belieber and I already have something to believe in this is why I dont like media

  11. Jonathan B.   May 18, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    I would like to apologize for the error in the article in which I referred to Justin Bieber’s hit “Girlfriend” instead of as it should read, “Boyfriend”. Thank you for the correction and I appreciate everyone who took the time to read this article.

  12. Bree   May 18, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    The age bracket Justin is in (18-24) has the highest suicide rate of any age group. In other words, it’s an extremely difficult time of growth and adjustment for most young adults, just go visit a college campus…what are many, many kids his age doing? Most “kids” his age are trying to figure themselves out and a majority of them doing it just as clumsy as Justin, or even more so. They stay up too late, party like crazy, drive too fast, experiment sexually and make stupid choices! Lots of kids doing some of the SAME stuff or worse and don’t have to deal with the pressures of a career, the media and huge financial decisions that most of us can’t even comprehend!! I look forward to the end of the negative and ridiculously exaggerated media. Let us all allow Justin to go through his growing pains and let us all focus on how he loves to lift others and create positive messages through his music! P.S. he is not just talented…he’s gifted from above! Sending Love to Justin! : )

  13. nikki   May 18, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    first of all! you need to get your facts right. God said you must forgive 70 times 7. And in justins case….i will forgive more if i have to. we beliebers stick by him because we know that people are not perfect. No one is. Justin grew up in the spotlight and its affecting him. he just wants to be normal…..so hes trying everything he can to accomplish it. do i always agree with his actions…no but i will always love him…..no matter what stupid idiots like you say.

  14. Belieber for ever ツ (@verified_biebs_)   May 18, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    WOW!! Did you’ll just mention his first single from believe was ‘girlfriend’ i appreciate you’ll. You idiots! His first single from his album believe was ‘ BOYFRIEND ‘ and you’ll mentioned above about his arrest but y didn’t you’ll mention about that 3cops were suspended for giving false statements against Justin. Everyone does mistakes he isn’t a total adult to take all the right decisions. Oh wait! Even adults make mistakes sometimes,right? Then why to blame a kid and try to make him bad in this world. It’s not easy for someone to grow infront of the cameras all the time on everything he does..he has been famous in a very young age and it’s difficult to manage for him. Many other celebs have done mistakes but you’ll just shut your mouths at that time but when it is about Justin you’ll don’t leave a single chance to make him bad in this world. You’ll never mentioned about the good things he has done. Why do you’ll focus on the bad things he does. That actually breaks him more. Did you’ll know the way he cried but still managed to smile before the camera. He is still growing and as a teenager being so famous he just doesn’t know to put his personal life separate from professional life. Let him grow. He’ll learn from his mistakes. Let him live. We should support him. We beliebers support him at the worst times also because we treat him like family/ friend. If your family member or a friend does something wrong, will you’ll spread it to the whole world and make his/her name bad or try to put them on the right side by guidance. people like u specially the media stop focusing on the bad always. We beliebers support him because we know one day he’ll be more perfect than he was as Kidrauhl.

    • rlemen   May 18, 2014 at 4:05 pm

      Thank you nice comments of truths. This world is bullying like Seth Rogan .

  15. Sarah   May 18, 2014 at 11:42 am

    You people never fail to highlight the bad things he does but what about the good things he’s been doing ever since his fame began?
    Justin is not a bad guy! He was having major issues but now he seems to be doing really well.
    As for his album not doing so well was because it was only released digitally & went #1 in 56 countries in 12hrs but didn’t stay there long due to the lack of publicity from \his record label because they denied their support as he was stepping in to R&B genre & wanted him to stick w/ Pop.so all the publicity & the albums sold was done solely by him through twitter.
    Believe Movie bombed because of the way it was released. It was only released in less than 500 theaters in USA & Canada while Never Say Never debuted in almost 2000 theaters & 20% of his fan majority countries worldwide didn’t even screen it.
    So his in no way his fanbase not supportive of his music & craft,which you’ll see soon this fall when he makes his comeback!
    You stated that his fans only seem to support his bad behavior…WRONG! we support Justin because we consider him our friend & family. And when someone in your family does something bad,you help them up instead of abandoning them or by humiliating them or by railroading them like you,media do 24/7 & that’s the reason you get those type of calls!
    You people may call us stupid delusional 12year olds but guess what it’s better than stalking & making lives miserable for a living.
    & as to all those butthurt haters who’d be dying reading this open your traps only if you’ve got an actual argument & not some brainwashed media Bullcrap.

  16. one of your beliebers.   May 18, 2014 at 10:52 am

    I’m a proud belieber. I love Justin. Not only did us the beliebers to believe in him but he believed in us also. I totally support Justin But sometimes not his actions. If you would think its hard fitting into a society that judges you on lies but not the facts.
    Ill love you always Justin
    from 1 out of a million Beliebers.

  17. Elizabeth   May 18, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Hey justin bieber I love you

  18. Antoinette Smith   May 18, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Justin Bieber need somebody in his life like his mom to tell him what to do
    .or the right thing to sometimes he just going throw some problem right now
    With everything on is mind right now.

  19. somebodytolove   May 18, 2014 at 9:22 am

    He hasn’t changed. He’s just lost and you know what he’s doing a lot better now.

  20. kate harmon   May 18, 2014 at 9:05 am

    Justin not the same person.he acts like a jerk.I don’t like him anymore.

    • Yareli   May 18, 2014 at 5:23 pm

      I agree 100%

  21. anurit kaur   May 18, 2014 at 7:38 am

    i agree with every comment, media always tells about his bad behavior and never tell about the good behavior of his but as we are Beliebers we should focus on his good things and should always appreciate about his good behavior as i am a true Belieber, i will always love him by heart

  22. cyberpoepoe   May 18, 2014 at 7:13 am

    Multiple spelling errors in this.

  23. Jan   May 18, 2014 at 7:07 am

    I agree with April. Does the media ever tell about all the good Justin does? Do your research. Also he goes to hospital after hospital when on tour and says no cameras, cause he is not looking for a pat on the back like most celebrities. He helps the homeless etc… I also agree with Derrick. He is a kid transforming as an adult with cameras on him everywhere he turns. I feel the media and people have been vicious on him. … trying to make money off of him. Shame on them. He is not Jesus, he is human and makes mistakes, that judgemental Americans that have done far worse stone him for. I would be proud to be His mom. …I am proud of his kind heart toward people.

  24. Derrick Raines   May 18, 2014 at 6:18 am

    I’m not here to condone any bad behavior. But C’mon. He’s just a kid who is experiencing his new found freedom. When he first appeared on the scene, he was required to act a certain way, to be perfect, being told, this is your life now. I know from the ages of 14 to in my very early 20s, I was no saint. And I am not famous at all. To have to grow up in the spotlight of millions of people, let alone having every move of your life being scrutinized ,I could not imagine. So cut him a break. Yeah he’s doing some stupid stuff right now, but if you look back on your life, did you not do stupid stuff? I imagine that this phase he is going through will eventually run it’s course and he will mature from it. His music will even benefit from what he is going through right now. Just let him be who he is and stop judging so much. Let him be a kid for a while. God knows he’s missed out on alot.

    • Melanie   May 18, 2014 at 6:34 am

      Very well said, Derrick. I wholeheartedly agree.

  25. arishaparacha   May 18, 2014 at 2:40 am

    these all r rumors we dnt believe in thm we only believe in our idol we will always support him

  26. Natasha   May 18, 2014 at 1:50 am

    1. Justin’s first single was not “girlfriend” it was “boyfriend”, so obviously you dont know what youre talking about
    2. and just because hes had a rough year doesnt mean he’s got no more talent and theres nothing more for us to believe in him. He has amazing talent and we know he can do amazing things as long as he has people to support and believe in him.

  27. no longer able to beliebe or enable   May 18, 2014 at 12:57 am

    Sad that these kids believe in an image that doesn’t exist but was manufactured. Now we see the brat and disrespectful kid he always was. But he lies and doesn’t take responsibility. He encourages his foul mouth fans to bully anyone who dares point out the truth. Beliebers that are themselves now disliked for the attacks on others. Some even “praying” for Selena or Taylor Swift’s death based on gossip or a perceived slight on their idol. Very disturbing language filled with hatred. Justin turned out to be the worse role model. It’s disgusting, disturbing, scary and sad.

    • April   May 18, 2014 at 4:35 am

      Do you know how many people he has helped? He went to Guatemala and helped to build schools, he helped the Berry children and Avalana Rouch, He gave presents to boys and girls for the holidays, He donated money to underprivileged schools and to sick children, and he also raised over 3 million dollars for the Philippines after impacted by the Typhoon Haiyan.

    • karla elguera   May 18, 2014 at 6:42 am

      Justin bieber may have done some stupid things…. But most teenagers are like that 99% of them and the only reason why u dont hear them on tv is bc they r not famous … All yall try to do is bring him down… Hurt him… Well no STOP bc he is not a bad boy.. He has done some great things too.. But do yall focus on that no .. Yall only focu on the bad things about him and yall do that to bring him down !! JUSTIN BIEBER has dome some great thing he build schools he help with cancer he gave parents thier boys and girls for the holidays !! He donated money for sick children and schools !! He also taised over 3 million dollars he Philippines after impacted by the typhoon haiyan !! Stop trying to bring him down !! He actually is a good person !! Talk about the good things he done !! And by the way the phone thing that yall say he robbed !! Its not true the lady was taking picturse of him and he asked nicely saying can u please stop taking pictures of me … And the lady still kept taking pictures of him.. So he got the phone from her hand was ganna delete the pictures but then she locked the phone and he gave it back !! Now my opinion is that the lady should of asked him can you take a picture with my daughter bc thats what she wanted and he would of took a picture with her daughter !! The lady didn’t have to take pictures of him if she clearly wanted a picture of justin and her daughter now why does the lady gatta make a big deal out of nothing like she could of asked him instead of taking unnecessary pictures if she only said that she wanted a picture with justin and her daughter !!

  28. suzanna   May 17, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    Well. ..I’m a proud belieber and I’ve loved justin bieber the second I heard and saw him sing on Ellen Degeneres. He was upcoming at the time. I think we all make mistakes and well pattie as a mom should try to talk to the Bieber. To put him in the right position. Justin is a great guy but some of his actions need to be controlled. We love him and fully support him but we ,beliebers want our star to focus on his singing because we look up to him and he told us to believe in ourselves

    ★much love for justin♥

  29. Grave m   May 17, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    Justin is so hot OMG

  30. Ashley Lemire   May 17, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    Paul posted a great comment! I’ve supported Justin since the start and I will always support him , I think he is a great person with a heart of gold . I feel that Pattie raised Justin the right way with morales and respect . Of course he is going to make mistakes, he is human after all . I believer that he will learn and grow from his mistakes and only better himself . Justin is a talented individual ,that I feel deserves more credit in recent times. I feel that the media picks on him more often then most musicians . Justin gets picked on in the media when he takes a “selfie” with co singer and friend Madison beer because “his head is to close to her chest” when there is clearly nothing inappropriate with the photo, he just wanted to get into the picture . But say a member of one direction is caught speeding , no one makes a big deal out of it , but they do when Justin does . I feel that some people just choose to hold justin to impossible standards , he is amazing but we’ve got to remember that he is also human

  31. sidney mcintosh   May 17, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    Ive always and will always support justin. He has inspired me and helped me believe in myself. He saved my life when all I wanted to do was die. He is young he will make mistakes and right now as he takes a break after his 2 year world tour us beliebers just are waiting for him to come back bigger and better. He is king. He will be back. Be ready. Biener 2015 is coming.

  32. Avalanna Clarke   May 17, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    Indeed… There is only one thing to say… Not every part of our life is virtuous…To go up, we Have to fall down first… And we don’t live for others… do we??? So critics should better keep their opinions to themselves… Because it is easier to speak but much harder to act accordingly…

  33. rb   May 17, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    To Mr. Paul Wagner: thanks for your comment; I also support Justin.

  34. Paul Wagner   May 17, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    Thanks for a solid editorial ending in a valid question, Mr. Brown. I can only speak for myself, but the reason I continue to support him is that I sympathize with him due to the vast majority of the frequent charges against him proving vicious and fraudulent. There never was any “spitting on fans,” nor any public intercourse or pregnancy; no “incident with an L.A. barista” ever happened (the source admitted they’d made it up), the main lateness issue on his 200-venue tour was due to a restaurant giving him food poisoning, and the “drunken driving” at a blood alcohol level of 0.014 and “drag racing” at a speed 3 miles over the speed limit never occurred. Fact is that so *many* false accusations have been made against him that I, like many fans, have no reason to believe any of them until proven. And absolutely none *have* been proven. So I stand by him. I find that an entirely rational thing to do.

  35. Elena   May 17, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    To wrong,is human to wrong,I’m sorry*

  36. Elena   May 17, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    I love you Justin,yes,you make mistakes but is human to mistake and I know that you wrong but still I love you and I will love you forever and I know that in your heart’s deep you are a good boy.

  37. belieber4life   May 17, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    I will never stop loving that boy,whatever he does I’ll stand by him and if he falls,I’ll catch him and remind him to keep his head up..He’s my hero he saved me x

  38. Abarajitha   May 17, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    Whenever I read all these rumors I am really getting hurt and all u guys r killing all the beliebers everyday. Luv u Justin Bieber. Please don’t hurt any1 like this n this is not a gud manner.

  39. Melanie   May 17, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    I think he’s just a young guy that got caught up in too much, too soon. I hope to see him get his life back on track – which lately he seems to be doing (seeing as a secondary report came out about that attempted robbery with an eye witness debunking the whole thing), and he hasn’t found himself in other new trouble, just dealing with what he’s already gotten himself into. We’ve seen these things happen to child stars before, and it’s sad, so I hope he can get it together, cause he is very talented and should be known for his music, not the other nonsense. I’m rooting for Justin.

  40. danielle hann   May 17, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    Don’t be mean to him. He is really nice, sweet, and he is really cute.


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