Update: This rumor has now been widely discredited. Source reports by eyewitnesses at the hotel reveal no such exchange between Bieber and a young girl of this description took place.
Justin Bieber has only just wrapped his Believe world tour in Perth, Australia. Now a story claiming he called a young girl a “beached whale” during his hotel stay has surfaced.
The new claim arises after a recent complaint made against one of the singer’s bodyguards alleging he threw a father down a flight of stairs. The story was refuted by TMZ.com, who later reported West Australia Police stated they knew of no such complaint.
In this new accusation, News.com.au reports a guest at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Perth, where Bieber and his crew stayed during their last tour stop, is alleging the 19-year-old shouted “abuse” at a female fan on Sunday.
The report is headed “Bieber ‘verbally abuses’ young fan in Perth,” and quotes hotel guest Helen Robinett, who claims she heard the star yelling at a girl by the hotel’s pool.
“There were four young girls in bikinis,” alleges Robinett, who is described as an image consultant from Melbourne, TheWest.com.au notes.
The woman claims, “One girl who was gorgeous looking, with long dark hair and would have been about a size 14,” had a conversation with Bieber.
Robinett added, “Justin looked over at her and said ‘What are you, Hawaiian or something?’ She said, ‘No, I’m not’. Then he [allegedly] said, ‘You look like a beached whale.'”
At this point, Robinett says the young girl asked the singer, “Are you serious?”
To which, Justin allegedly replied, “You should go on ‘The Biggest Loser.'”
Robinett, who reportedly said the young girl looked “deflated” by the Canadian’s alleged remarks, says others witnessed and heard the incident.
“The whole pool deck heard him call this beautiful young girl a beached whale. Everyone heard. And there was silence. It was almost like his security were used to it,” she alleges.
She goes on to say the group of girls left the pool deck after the exchange. Robinett says she advised the girl whom Bieber allegedly insulted, telling her, “Don’t you take that on. That has nothing to do with you.”
The woman said she complained to the hotel, but implies their response was dismissive.
She says the hotel said the girl was “OK”, and that she was a “Bieber” fan.
Robinett’s daughter, Gabrielle Blair, reportedly said the girl was “almost in tears” after the singer’s alleged comment.
(Bieber meeting fans in Argentina in November 2013 during a Believe tour stop).
Robinett then details another complaint about Bieber’s alleged behavior at the Hyatt hotel in which she claims he jumped into the hotel’s pool from an upper level in front of two young boys.
She said the star needs “leadership” and “guidance,” and added that she was “upset” and “bloody angry” about Justin’s alleged insult to the fan because of “body image issues women have.”
“He’s nothing without his fan base,” Robinett opined. “And he’s abusing them. The girl next to me said ‘I can’t believe he just said that, he’s my idol’ and I said ‘Well get yourself a new idol.'”
Robinett’s claim may be partly or wholly true, inaccurate and out of context, or baseless.
During Bieber’s visit to Australia, and throughout his Believe world tour, there have been numerous reports of difficulties, and sometimes allegedly violent interactions between his bodyguards, paparazzi, and male bystanders.
In contrast, the singer’s interactions with ordinary fans have been noted as positive and pleasant, extending to multiple examples of outreach work with needy, sick or injured fans.
An exception to this is an accusation made against Bieber in July that he spat on a group of fans gathered below his hotel balcony during a Toronto tour stop. That allegation was firmly denied by the singer’s rep and his manager Scooter Braun.
Considering Bieber was spotted in the Hyatt hotel’s grounds that same Sunday seemingly having water bottle fun with an older looking, fuller-sized woman, skeptical questions as to why the teen singer would insult a young, female, size 14 fan, who has been described as “gorgeous” by calling her a “beached whale” [or if it was said, without knowing the context] are reasonable.
(Photo: Bieber Interacting With Blonde Woman At Hyatt Regency Hotel, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013).
While much of the reporting on the pop singer is based on verifiable facts corroborated by others, there has been an issue with claims based only on hearsay given weight by repeat reporting.
Hyatt Regency marketing communications manager Rachelle Taylor declined to confirm whether the hotel had received a complaint.
“We are a hotel, we have hundreds of guests staying with us, we simply cannot speak on behalf of every single guest that comes in and interacts with another guest,” the manager reportedly said.
As the time of press, neither Bieber’s rep or the singer have commented on the claim.
We will update this story as it develops.