Remember Justin Bieber’s “worst birthday” a few weeks back? It seems quite a few people owe the pop star an apology after a recently surfaced amateur video backed up his version of events.
To recap: much ado resulted when Canada’s biggest export tweeted that his highly anticipated 19th birthday celebrations were the worst ever.
According to Bieber, when he and his friends turned up at London nightclub Cirque Du Soir on March 1 the club’s security manhandled his fans. Once inside, the chaos forced the star to leave the club after only five minutes.
Fast forward to the 19-year-old’s “worst birthday” tweet in the wee hours, and hoards of Beliebers storming Twitter to trend “#BeliebersHatePaparazzi.”
Subsequent media reports had a field day. Most accused Bieber of attempting to get “underage” friends — actor Will Smith’s 14-year-old son Jaden Smith and 17-year-old rumored gal pal Ella-Paige Roberts Clarke — into Cirque Du Soir.
It was reported that the singer left the club after his young friends were refused admittance. Adjectives like “spoiled,” “$20,000 circus” and “diva” were widely used, with even famed psycho-sexual therapist Dr. Ruth piling on with a deadly slam on Twitter.
The following morning, Entertainmentwise reportedly quoted the nightclub’s management. Oddly, Cirque Du Soir recalled their encounter with the teen star rather differently.
Marketing/PR director Tom — no last name was provided — said Bieber had left the nightclub because security refused entry to his underage guests. He added:
“We, like all clubs in London, operate a strict age policy. As a few of the members of the party were under the suitable age of 18, the security team at Cirque Du Soir, London, clearly explained this rule and refused entry to the club for anyone who could not provide us with adequate proof of age.”
“We are very sorry, and understand it’s his birthday, but our hands are tied with local authorities and rules we need to follow as club to keep our license. We clearly didn’t want to give him the ‘worst birthday.’ He is a friend and previously was always welcomed with open arms.”
The Sunday People reported that the nightclub told them Bieber and his friends were asked to leave because they smelt of marijuana, and again it was reported that a confrontation between the star’s entourage and club’s security ensued.
Yet, as most pop culture watchers will already know, Jaden Smith has since said he was nowhere near Cirque Du Soir and in fact attended a Kanye West gig that night.
Throw in the new footage — which clearly shows a not impressed Bieber taking a dim view of what he would later describe as a “weak a** club,” before deciding to get out of dodge — and Cirque’s story lacks credibility.
His disastrous birthday preceded a now legendary “rough week” in the British capital. And by legendary, this writer means it’s probably wise not to believe everything you read.