Justin Bieber has been having a rough couple of weeks.
First, the 18-year-old pop star vomited mid-song during his concert in Arizona, then he was the victim of yet another celebrity swatting prank and now he’s had “personal footage” stolen, resulting in nude photo rumors that have the Internet buzzing.
“sucks when u take personal footage and people dont respect your privacy. yesterday during the show me and my tour manager josh had some stuff stolen. really sucks. people should respect other’s property. i had a lot of personal footage on that computer and camera and that is what bothers me the most. #lame #norespect.”
Not surprisingly, the admission of missing personal footage prompted some to wonder if there were things on Bieber’s computer he’d rather the rest of the world not see — like a sex tape perhaps. Hours later, rumors that nude photos of the pop star had surfaced also began swirling.
Gawker posted the rumored photo that had been “floating around Twitter and Tumblr” of a the torso of young man with a bird tattoo (similar to one Bieber has) on his hip, who was naked and holding his penis in his hand. The photo was quickly debunked after Gawker commenters pointed out that Bieber’s bellybutton and that of the young man in the photo did not match. The website later removed the photo in question due to concerns over the age of the person in the picture.
UPDATE: We’ve been played. Bieber’s laptop was never stolen as he claimed. The pop star’s team launched a publicity stunt to hype Bieber’s new video for “Beauty and a Beat” featuring Nicki Minaj.
“since i was 14 i have had a lot of things said about me, from dying, to taking hormones, to dying again, to stuff about my family…to saying i had a baby with a woman i never even met. nude pics, drugs, my family, my character…but today…today i get to be in on it…” he tweeted, before posting a link to the video.
by Stephanie Marcus