Born Justin Drew Bieber
March 1, 1994 (age 22)
London, Ontario, Canada
Residence Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active 2008–present
Home town Stratford, Ontario, Canada
Parent(s) Jeremy Jack Bieber
Justin Drew Bieber ( born March 1, 1994) is a Canadian singer and songwriter. After a talent manager discovered him through his Youtube videos covering songs in 2007 and signed to RBMG, Bieber released his debut EP, My World, in late 2009. It was certified platinum in the U.S. He became the first artist to have seven songs from a debut record chart on the Billboard Hot 100. Bieber released his first full-length studio album, My World 2.0, in 2010. It debuted at or near number one in several countries and was certified triple platinum in the U.S It was preceded by his most successful single to date, “Baby”.
Following his debut album, he had his first headlining tour, the My World Tour, released the remix albums My Worlds Acoustic and Never Say Never – The Remixes — and the 3D biopic-concert film Justin Bieber: Never Say Never. He released his second studio album, Under the Mistletoe, in November 2011, when it debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. Bieber released his third studio album, Believe, in 2012. His fourth studio album Purpose was released in November 2015. His U.S. album and singles sales total 44.7 million. On December 16, 2015, his sales were estimated at more than 75 million records worldwide. On February 12, 2016, Bieber’s first four albums were released on vinyl for the first time.
He has won numerous fan-voted awards, including American Music Award for Artist of the Year in 2010 and 2012. In his career, he has received 3 grammy nominations winning one for Best Dance Recording for the song ‘Where are ü now’ at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards. His fan base, dubbed “beliebers”, largely consists of early to mid-adolescent girls. He was listed three times by Forbes magazine among the top ten most powerful celebrities in the world in 2011, 2012, and 2013.
Bieber was born on March 1, 1994, in London, Ontario, at St Joseph’s Hospital, and was raised in Stratford, Ontario. He is the only child of Jeremy Jack Bieber and Patricia “Pattie” Mallette. Bieber’s parents were never married. Pattie raised her son with the help of her mother, Diane, and stepfather, Bruce. His mother is of French-Canadian descent; his paternal great-grandfather was of German ancestry, and his other roots are English and Irish. He has also stated that he believes that he has some undetermined Aboriginal Canadian ancestry.
Through Jeremy, Bieber has two younger half-siblings, Jazmyn (born 2009) and Jaxon (born 2010). Pattie worked a series of low-paying office jobs, raising Bieber as a single mother in low-income housing. Bieber has maintained contact with his father.
Bieber attended a French-language immersion elementary school in Stratford, the Jeanne Sauvé Catholic School. Growing up, he learned to play the piano, drums, guitar, and trumpet. He graduated from high school in Stratford, Ontario, the St. Michael Catholic Secondary School in 2012 with a 4,0 GPA. In early 2007, aged 12, Bieber sang Ne-Yo’s “So Sick” for a local singing competition in Stratford and was placed second. Mallette posted a video of the performance on YouTube for their family and friends to see. She continued to upload videos of Bieber singing covers of various R&B songs, and Bieber’s popularity on the site grew.
Bieber identifies himself as a faithful adherent of Christianity, said he communicates with God via prayer, and that “he’s the reason I’m here”. He reflected his faith in a music video with Brandon Burke, titled “#iPledge”, in which he “talks candidly about his appreciation for the tenet of forgiveness in the Christian faith”. Regarding sexual abstinence, he told music magazine Rolling Stone, “I don’t think you should have sex with anyone unless you love them.” He added that he does not “believe in abortion”, and that it is “like killing a baby”; when asked about the case of abortion with regard to rape, however, he said, “I guess I haven’t been in that position, so I wouldn’t be able to judge that. His view on sexual orientation is quoted as “everyone’s own decision”, and he has contributed to the It Gets Better Project, a non-profit group aiming to prevent suicide among LGBT youth.
As Bieber resides in the United States, he is reported to possess an O-1 visa for temporary resident status, based on “extraordinary ability or achievement” in a field. Bieber has stated that he is not interested in obtaining US citizenship because of his view on America’s market-oriented health care system. He has praised Canada as being “the best country in the world” citing its government-run health care system as a model example. According to Scooter Braun, he has also stated that he regularly cites the Jewish prayer Shema Yisrael before every live show showcasing his view on multiculturalism. In December 2010, he was in a relationship with Selena Gomez. In January 2013, it was reported that he was single.
Bieber’s father, Jeremy Bieber, is a former carpenter and pro-am mixed martial artist. In March 2014, Rolling Stone characterized Jeremy as having “split with Justin’s mom when Justin was a toddler, and wasn’t always around afterward. But he has, as of late, accepted a place of honor in his superstar son’s entourage”.