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The Year in Music 2013 -- Bad Boy Bieber Causes International Outrage

Image courtesy of Stewart Cook/STARTRAKS PHOTO via ABC (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Stewart Cook/STARTRAKS PHOTO via ABC (via ABC News Radio)

2013 was the year that Justin Bieber went from clean-cut teen idol to international bad boy -- or at least, that's what the evidence would seem to suggest, judging from the negative press the singer received throughout the year. 

There were numerous highlights for Justin in 2013, such as a successful world tour, a variety of awards, a new documentary, extensive charity work, a stint hosting Saturday Night Live , and the #1 debut of his album Believe Acoustic , which made him the only artist to amass five #1 albums before turning 19.  But this past year, Justin's perceived bad behavior, in countries around the world, grabbed headlines for nearly 12 months straight.  What caused the donward spiral?  Some speculated it his breakup with Selena Gomez , which reportedly happened around December 30 of 2012.  After that, it was nothing but bad news for the Bieb. 

Here's a look at how Justin's 2013 played out:

January/February
TMZ published photos, snapped January 2, of Justin at a party, holding what appeared to be a joint.  Justin posted a picture of himself mooning the world on Instagram, then deleted it.   In February, more pictures surfaced of Justin, allegedly surrounded by blunts and "sizzurp," the beverage made of soda and prescription-strength cough syrup.

March
On Justin's 19th birthday, he was photographed shirtless in London outside his hotel, even though it was only 37 degrees outside.  It was just one of many photos that surfaced throughout the year of Justin going shirtless in inappropriate places, like an airport, for example. That same night in London, Justin and his crew got into a confrontation at a nightclub after it denied entry to underage members of his party.  On Twitter, he called it the "worst birthday." 

Three days later, fans were enraged when Justin showed up over two hours late to a concert at London's O2 arena.  He was then photographed wandering around London wearing a gas mask; at another O2 concert that same week, he collapsed during "Beauty and the Beat" and had to be given oxygen. He finished the show and then recuperated in the hospital, posting a shirtless selfie of himself lounging in bed. 

The next day, while leaving his hotel, Justin got into a confrontation with paparazzi, and was caught on camera using profanity and threatening to beat one up as he was restrained by his bodyguards.

Back in the U.S., meanwhile, Justin's friend Lil Twist got pulled over for driving the singer's Ferrari and then crashed it, and Justin's pet hamster, Pac , which he'd given away to a fan in December, died.

Justin took to Instagram to rant about "the countless lies in the press right now," adding, "To those comparing me to Lindsay Lohan look at her 2012 tax statements :)." He then apologized to Lindsay for the low blow.

After Justin flew to Munich, Germany without the proper documentation for his pet capuchin monkey, Mally , the animal was detained by German customs officials.  Despite repeated invitations for Justin to return and retrieve Mally, he never did, and the monkey was eventually sent to live in a German zoo.

In Vienna, Justin was banned from a nightclub after his bodyguards smashed cameras and cell phones belonging to young female fans attempting to photograph the singer.  Reportedly, the bodyguards also groped some of those fans.

The L.A. County Sheriff's Department recommended that Justin be charged with criminal battery for spitting on his neighbor, after the man complained about Justin driving his Ferrari 100 mph in their gated community.

April
During a visit to the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, Justin caused worldwide outcry by writing in the guest book, "Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a Belieber."  A spokesperson for the historical site explained the comment by saying, "We think he meant it well. He’s only 19 years old and living in a crazy world...with all girls being fans of him worldwide, maybe that is...why he wrote it down."  Later, Anne Frank's stepsister said the uproar was childish, noting, "She probably would have been a fan. Why not? He’s a young man and she was a young girl, and she liked film stars and music."

In Sweden, police raided Justin's tour bus, reportedly finding a taser and "a small amount" of pot.  Justin wasn't on the bus at the time and nobody was arrested.

May
Justin and Usher were sued for $10 million by a songwriter who claimed their remix "Somebody to Love" had ripped off his song of the same name.

Justin was booed while accepting the Milestone Award at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas.

Jon Bon Jovi seemingly dissed Justin for showing up late to his concerts, saying, "Do it once, you can be forgiven. Do it enough times and shame on you. They won't have you back. Then it just becomes a cliché. It's really not cool -- you're an a**hole."  Bon Jovi was just one of the celebrities to comment on the singer's behavior in 2013, as "What do you think is going on with Justin Bieber?" and "Do you have any advice for Justin Bieber?" became the go-to question for journalists to ask.

June
Justin was sued twice, both times by photographers who claim to have been beaten by him and/or his bodyguards.  One paparazzo filed the lawsuit in June after claiming that he was kicked and punched in the face by Justin at a California mall the previous year.  The other was filed by a Miami photographer who claimed that when he attempted to snap Justin outside a recording studio, the singer ordered his bodyguard to grab him, throw him against the wall and flash a holstered gun at him, while other bodyguards removed the memory card from his camera.

July
A video surfaced of Justin relieving himself in a restaurant mop bucket in New York.  In the same video, he was also seen spraying a photo of Bill Clinton with a bottle of liquid and yelling, "F*** Bill Clinton !"  He later apologized to the former president.

Authorities discovered a small amount of pot on his Justin's tour bus as it crossed the Canadian border.  Justin wasn't there; the driver was issued a civil penalty.

August
Justin was busted for driving around his neighborhood in Calabasas, California without a valid license.   All residents of the state are required to get a license within ten days of moving there, and Justin had been living there since June.

When Justin and his entourage visited a nightclub in Southampton, New York, a man claimed Justin's bodyguards beat him bloody after he attempted to talk to a woman with whom Justin was flirting.  He filed an assault charge and threatened a lawsuit.  Justin's people insisted the singer wasn't involved at all.

Pattie Mallette, Justin's mom, told the TV show Extra that it upset her to see negative headlines about her baby.  When Extra 's Mario Lopez asked Pattie if she likes the people Justin had been hanging around with lately, she paused and said, "I...well...I don’t know how to answer that.”  Lopez's response?  "You just did."

October
Back on his Believe world tour, Justin posted photos of himself painting graffiti on -- or tagging -- a wall on a building in Colombia.  He wasn't arrested, but when he tried the same thing in November in Brazil, he was charged with vandalism.  When he did it again in Australia, also in November, a local mayor demanded that he clean up his handiwork, and perform for free at the community's annual charity event.  That never happened, but actor Russell Crowe supported Justin's graffiti antics, tweeting, "Tag on, little brother."  The owners of the building that Justin tagged in Australia claimed they'd given him permission to do it.

A stripper claimed that Justin had visited her establishment in Texas and touched her booty, while another claimed that Justin was making it rain inside the club.

November
Reports surface that Justin visited a brothel in Brazil on November 1; he was photographed leaving with a sheet thrown over him.  A source later told Entertainment Tonight that the establishment wasn't a brothel, but a private, members-only club.  There were subsequent reports that Justin had gotten kicked out of his hotel, either for drug use for for bringing prostitutes back to his room, but the source countered that he chose to leave because all the fans outside the hotel were becoming a security risk.

Justin later moved from his hotel to a rented mansion, where he threw a party.  A woman who attended the bash filmed videoed Justin sleeping and sent it to a friend.  That video subsequently went viral. The woman was later quoted in a British tabloid as claiming that she and Justin had had sex, and that the singer was "very good in bed."

That same weekend in Brazil, Justin stormed offstage during a concert after being hit by a water bottle, leaving fans confused and angry.

After Justin's tour moved on to Argentina, he outraged the entire country by using his feet and a mic stand to sweep an Argentinian flag off the stage, later claiming that he thought it was a collection of t-shirts and bras.  He later apologized profusely online, writing, " I would never do anything to disrespect Argentina or the people of Argentina or the fans...I'm sorry for my mistake. I hope u can accept this."

Justin was criticized for starting concerts late in Australia while his bodyguard was also accused of roughing up a paparazzo who tried to take a picture of Justin, and for kicking the car and knifing the tires of another paparazzo.

While leaving Australia, Justin and his entourage were detained at an airport and searched for drugs.  Marijuana was found on a member of his crew.

Video shot back in September surfaced of Justin stealing a bike from security at a Vegas resort, which he later returned, receiving a "stern talking to" in the process.

December
Some good news for a change: Justin announced the release of Journals , a collection of the new songs he'd been releasing for previous nine weeks online, as well as additional tracks and videos. He also announced his intention to record a new album next year.

Justin also visited the Philippines, touring the damage from Typhoon Haiyan and serenading a group of schoolkids.  In addition, he asked for fans to donate $1,000,000 via the website Prizeo.com to help the victims and survivors of the typhoon. 

One of Justin's photos was also named the most-like Instagram shot of the year: it showed him posing with "Uncle" Will Smith, with whom, it was revealed, he'd had weekly phone conversations to discuss various "issues."

Justin's new movie, Believe, debuted on Christmas Day, and promised to address everything that Justin has gone through this year.  So far, however,  it's been a box office disappointment.  Around that same time, he tweeted that he was retiring, though that appears to be a joke.  Stay tuned.

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