Justin Bieber was born in Ontario, Canada on March 1, 1994. Justin was raised by his mother, Pattie, who was only 17 when he was born. As a young boy, Justin enjoyed playing hockey, soccer, and music and taught himself to play guitar, piano and drums. When Pattie realized that Justin had musical talent, she began to upload videos of him singing on You Tube. Justin’s videos caught the attention of pop star Usher, who was impressed with the young singer and signed him to his record company.
In 2009, Bieber’s debut album, My World, was released to the public and “One Time” became his first song played on international radio stations. That same year, Justin performed on popular television shows such as Good Morning America and Today. He even sang for President Obama at the White House for Christmas in Washington. In 2010, Bieber went on his first official tour to promote his albums My World and My World 2.0. By this time, Bieber was well known as a teenage “heart-throb” with his streetwise style including backwards hat, hoodies, dog chains, and colorful sneakers. Bieber soon gained millions of followers on social media networks such as Twitter. As of 2013, Bieber had over 45 million Twitter followers, more than any other person, and had penned over 23,000 tweets. Bieber’s video “Baby” has been viewed over 900 million times on YouTube. Fans of Justin Bieber are referred to as “Beliebers.”
In addition to making music, Bieber also invests his money in technology companies and gives to charities that help build schools in developing nations. He has also served as a spokesperson for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
Being world famous at age 16, however, does not come without controversy. Bieber has also been involved in several high profile altercations with fans and photographers and has been cited for reckless driving.