Is Justin Bieber losing it?

By Mel DeCandia on April 28, 2013

For some time, it looked as though Justin Bieber was just about ready to fade into obscurity: the teen heartthrob hadn’t released any new music and there was little to say about his love life outside of his relationship with longtime girlfriend, singer/actress Selena Gomez. In recent weeks, however, Justin Bieber has been making headlines and sadly, it has been mostly for the worse.  Whether it’s a tough break-up or the fame going to his perfectly-coiffed head, JBiebz’s recent activity may be cause for concern.

Last week Bieber caused a stir when he left a questionable comment in the guest book at the historic Anne Frank House, which he visited while on tour in Europe. Bieber wrote: “Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a Belieber,” referring to the name his cult-like fan base has given itself. Following the backlash Bieber received, Anne Frank’s stepsister and Auschwitz survivor Eva Schloss defended the singer, saying Frank enjoyed movies and music and made several allusions to Hollywood in her famed diary, according to NY Daily News. Nonetheless, one has to wonder what Bieber was thinking when he made the remark.

Earlier on the same tour, Bieber lashed out at paparazzi outside of his hotel, jumping out of his SUV to confront them. Bieber threatened to assault them and had to be restrained by his bodyguard. The scene occurred just after Bieber was released from the hospital, taken after having collapsed onstage at a concert. Bieber wasn’t entirely unprovoked—the photographer was shouting expletives and telling him to go ‘back to America’—but Bieber’s outburst seemed to be a bit of an over-reaction, and certainly out of the ordinary for someone used to the constant paparazzi presence.

While his seeming arrogance and hot-headedness may be typical teenage behavior, Bieber’s recent style choices are harder to understand. Earlier this month, Bieber publicly sported a gas mask with no apparent reason why. More recently, Bieber uploaded an Instagram ‘selfie’ of himself wearing a ski mask embroidered with the Chanel logo under a fedora. Stars have been known to wear large sunglasses and hats in an attempt to go unnoticed, but these bizarre masks are hardly subtle, and are likely only to draw more attention.

Finally, and perhaps the most absurd, some celebrity news outlets are now reporting Bieber has a new tattoo on his arm depicting girlfriend Selena Gomez as an angel. Some fans claim the tattoo is in fact, not Gomez, but rather a standard angel tattoo to represent the loss of a loved one- particularly 6-year-old fan Avalanna Routh, who lost a battle to cancer last fall. Bieber has yet to comment on the tattoo, but one can only hope it isn’t the former, and thus a sign he’s truly fallen off the deep end of young fame.

University of Maryland, Merrill College of Journalism '16. Terp, show-tune enthusiast and part-time Belieber. Sometimes I write things.

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