This has not been Justin Bieber's year.
He probably had an idea that things were not going to go his way when he spent the end of 2012 reportedly ending things for good with his longtime on-again, off-again girlfriend Selena Gomez and being snubbed by the Grammys, and the very first week of the year brought two big scandals. Unfortunately for Biebs, it only got worse from there.
Here's a breakdown of what's played out so far - and keep in mind that there are still nine months left in 2013.
January 1: A paparazzo in pursuit of Bieber's white Ferrari (though, it turns out Bieber is not even in the car) is struck by another motorist and killed. Bieber issues a statement that his "thoughts and prayers are with the family of the victim" and he hopes "this tragedy will finally inspire meaningful legislation … to protect the lives and safety of celebrities, police officers, innocent public bystanders, and the photographers themselves." Despite the public statement, there's speculation that Bieber is less than heartbroken by the tragic turn of events.
January 4: Pictures that show Bieber smoking what appears to be pot surface on the Internet, which is no small thing since so many kids look up to him. Not surprisingly, he responds in a series of Twitter messages that sound only kinda sorta regretful. "Everyday growing and learning. Trying to be better," he writes. Then, "Like I said... 2013... new challenges. New doubters... I'm ready. We are ready." Sure about that, Justin?
January 8: Two of Gomez's co-stars in the new movie "Spring Breakers," James Franco and Ashley Benson humiliate Bieber by posting a parody of his video for the song "Boyfriend," with Franco playing Biebs. Benson, who's known the Canadian crooner for years, later admits that she hears from Bieber, a close friend of her ex-boyfriend, about the clip. "He wasn't happy," Benson told Seventeen in March. "Justin is like my little brother since he and my ex are so close."
Early January: Internet pranksters use those photos posted of the increasingly tattooed Bieber's alleged drug use to start a viral campaign urging young primarily female fans to cut themselves in protest of his bad behavior. "Let's start a cut yourself for bieber campaign," someone posted on 4chan. "Tweet a bunch of pics of people cutting themselves and claim we did it because bieber was smoking weed. See if we can get some little girls to cut themselves." Real funny, right? Sadly, some people uploaded pics of themselves with slashed wrists (some fake).
January 23: Radio host Colette Harrington Schwoeri claims on her Facebook page that she had an unfriendly encounter with the pop star at the gym of the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he was on the Believe tour that began back in September. Harrington says that Bieber was rude and obnoxious, even cursing at her and spitting in her water bottle after she asked to take a photo with him.
January 30: Bieber, whose just released Believe Acoustic album features a song about Gomez, causes another scandal when he's photographed seeming to grope a fan's breast. This prompts him to return to his Twitter account with a message, "alot of bs has been out there lately...seems like it never stops. answering for myself thru music."
Another bummer for Bieber: TMZ reports that his friend Lil Twist, who frequently uses his rides, caused about $10,000 in damages to his white Ferrari by bottoming out at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills. Yikes!
February 5: What Bieber intended as a joke (hopefully?) just ends up seeming really, really creepy when he makes out with a mannequin on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon." The talk show appearance came just before he played host and musical guest on "Saturday Night Live" that weekend where, like a good sport, he poked fun at himself.
February 10: The Biebs, who didn't receive any Grammy nominations, tried to divert attention away from the show by promising a live webcast just as the show kicked off. Unfortunately, a few too many people got excited and the website crashes.
Also on Grammy weekend, Bieber's fans become engaged in a Twitter feud with the award winning-group The Black Keys after the drummer seems to dis Bieber to TMZ, saying Bieber should be happy he has tons of money. The Biebs is not amused and writes that the drummer should be "slapped around." Oh, snap!
Late February: Details of a murder plot to kill Bieber go public. They reveal that inmates at a New Mexico prison to kill the "Beauty and the Beat" singer were quashed in December.
March 1: JBiebs has what he later called on Twitter the "worst birthday ever" when he leaves the club where his Circus-themed 19th birthday bash was being held because not all of his entourage were old enough to be admitted. London's Cirque Du Soir club turned away guests including 14-year-old Jaden Smith, Will Smith's son, and Bieber's rumored gal pal Ella-Paige Roberts Clarke, although Bieber beat Britian's 18-and-over drinking law by a year.
March 5: Bieber reportedly hits the stage for his London concert two hours late, although he later claims that it's less than half that time. Still, the delay causes angry fans (who booed the Biebs!) and parents. He apologizes for his tardiness later, although he also goes on a rant about made top stories. The next night, he's two minutes early for his performance.
March 7: While Lil Twist continues to wreak havoc on Bieber's cars stateside, he puts on a third concert when something off happens. After he has problems breathing and then faints onstage, he leaves the stage for about 20 minutes, but returns to finish the set. He heads to the hospital afterward, although within hours he assures Beliebers that he's feeling better by posting a pic of himself recovering shirtless on Instagram.
March 8: Bieber attacks! The teen is videotaped confronting a mob of paparazzi with some pretty choice words, and had to be restrained by a bodyguard when he lunged at the group.
March 10: The star cancels the second of two performance scheduled for Portugal on March 12 due to "unforeseen circumstances," a rep said in a statement. "The Canadian singer is eager to play for the Portuguese fans on March 11."
Do you think Bieber's year will get better?
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