Even though he may always be seen as a young, up and comer in the music scene, Justin Bieber has now been a superstar for nearly 15 years.
When his first hit single came out in 2008, Bieber instantly rose to superstardom. His fans have remained incredibly loyal over the following years, and they have been rewarded with quality album after album from the talented musician.
Bieber’s parents split when he was only 11 months old. In Stratford, Ontario, Canada, he was raised by his mother. He graduated from Stratford’s St. Michael’s Catholic Secondary School.
When he was 12 years old, Justin won second place in a singing competition called Stratford Idol when he was in his hometown of Stratford.
Scooter Braun, a college dropout, spotted Bieber on YouTube and formed an artist management company to sign him. Bieber owes much of his success to Usher, who signed him to a record deal and catapulted his career forward.
Many of his music videos have been viewed thousands of times on YouTube since then, including “Baby,” which is said to be one of the most popular.
If you want to revisit Justin Bieber’s journey to superstardom, or you are new to the Bieber fan base and want to learn more about the singer, we have got you covered.
Below are 21 interesting facts about music superstar Justin Bieber that every Belieber should know!
1. He Started Young
Music has always been a passion for Justin Bieber, and he started singing at a very young age. There are videos showing him belting out tunes when he was only two years old!
2. He Got His Start on YouTube
Even though Justin Bieber was never a YouTuber in the modern sense of the word, he did get his start on the platform. Videos of him covering songs by artists like Ne-Yo or Chris Brown got him noticed by talent agencies.
3. There Was a Battle to Sign Him
Justin Bieber was a huge commodity, even as a teenager, and people like Justin Timberlake and Usher fought to sign him to their respective labels. Usher won the battle!
4. Justin Could Have Had a Different Career
Many people are not aware that Justin Bieber could have been an architect had the whole music thing not worked out for him. He loves to draw!
5. His Dad is a Fighter
Justin Bieber may be a baby-faced music superstar, but his father had a very different life trajectory. His dad Jeremy was an MMA fighter who had a very solid career.
6. Justin Loves Will Smith
If you ever ask Justin Bieber about his inspiration, he often mentions Will Smith. He has huge admiration for the actor, and they have become close friends.
7. He is Hugely Popular
Justin Bieber is one of the most followed artists on all social media platforms, including Twitter and Instagram.
8. Even His Hair Sells
The fandom surrounding Justin Bieber is so great that even his hair sells for big bucks. When he cut his famous locks in 2011, they were auctioned on eBay for almost $40,000!
9. Justin is a Movie Producer
Aside from singing and producing songs, Justin Bieber also has credits as a movie producer on Justin Bieber: Never Say Never and Justin Bieber’s Believe.
10. He Speaks French
Not many people know that Justin Bieber can speak fluent French as a result of his Canadian heritage.
11. He has a Litany of Famous Ex-Girlfriends
From Selena Gomez to Kendall Jenner to Adriana Lima, Justin Bieber has dated or has been rumored to date some of the most famous women in the world.
12. Bieber is Now Taken
Even though many Beliebers may hold dreams of being with Justin one day, they may never get their chance, as Justin is happily married to his wife, Hailey.
13. Justin Has Been Arrested
Much like other stars, Justin Bieber does have a history with the police, as he was arrested in 2014 for a DUI.
14. He Once Had a Pet Monkey
Back in 2013, Justin Bieber was given a pet monkey by a record producer. He kept the monkey for several weeks but eventually had to give up the pet due to documentation issues.
15. He Wanted to Buy Neverland
Justin Bieber was very serious about buying Michael Jackson’s famous Neverland ranch, but a deal did not materialize.
16. He Once Paused His Music Career
Back in 2017, Justin Bieber chose to postpone his music career for a brief period. He decided to cancel a world tour and took a break from performing, which allowed him to refocus on other priorities.
17. He Has Spoken About Mental Health Issues
Justin Bieber has never been afraid to speak his mind, and he has revealed his own struggles with mental health to fans through social media.
18. He Has a Chronic Illness
Not many people know that Justin Bieber is a chronic illness sufferer. Bieber deals with a chronic viral infection, Lyme disease. He is managing the illness successfully.
19. He Struggles With Drug Abuse
Justin Bieber has been open about his struggles with substance abuse, including marijuana, magic mushrooms, and Molly.
20. He is a Grammy Award Winner
Justin Bieber is not only a hugely popular singer around the world, but he is also an award-winning artist. Bieber holds two Grammy wins, along with a single Latin Grammy Award.
21. His Latest Album Debuted at Number One
When Justin Bieber released Changes, his fifth studio album, it debuted at number one on the charts in both the United States and the United Kingdom.