It must be tough being Justin Bieber. He continues to be one of the most loved pop stars on the planet, but he's also one of the most hated.
On the love tip, his clip for "Baby" just surpassed one billion views on Vevo, making it the web-music video platform's most-watched clip ever.
The surge in views that pushed Bieb over the billion-views mark can be attributed to his fans, the Beliebers, who mobilized on social media to help him reach the milestone before March 1, his 20th birthday, making him the youngest artist to reach the billion-views mark on any video platform.
But while Bieber and his fans may be enjoying that triumph, they still have to deal with the backlash, which is at least partially inspired by his bad-boy behavior.
Leading up to last week's Winter Olympics hockey showdown between Team USA and Canada, a Chicago-area business made the news by putting up an electronic sign declaring that the losing country would have to keep Bieber as a resident. After Team USA's 1-0 loss to Canada on Friday, Command Transportation updated the sign with the words "Worst Best Ever" along with the picture of a bald eagle wearing a "Belieber" necklace" in front of an American flag-like background. After news of the bet went viral, Bieber took to Twitter and tried to flip the hate by keeping it positive.
I guess I'm an easy target for some. I'm still human. I will continue to meet hate with love. It's all about the music. Much love— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) February 21, 2014
That was all in fun, but there was more bad news for the Bieb. After all the ruckus he's created in his Calabasas, Calif. 'hood, he's apparently eyeing Atlanta's Buckhead neighborhood for his new home. But when he recently looked at homes in the area, his potential future neighbors mobilized to tell him he's not wanted there. At least 250 signed up to protest his possible move and have made up signs with slogans like "Keep Buckhead Bieber Free!"
Perhaps in a move to counteract all the hate and let the world know that Bieber's not a bad guy, a source close to Bieber's mother, Pattie, revealed that Justin wrote his mom a song for Christmas and even took her into the studio while he sang the harmonies and produced the vocals. "We had so much fun and he was so great in the entire process...It was an incredible experience for us both," Pattie Bieber reportedly said.
While there are no plans to release the track -- at least for the moment -- it just goes to show that maybe Bieber isn't such a bad guy, or is he?