Justin Bieber stepped out of teenhood into the big 2-0 on Saturday, March 1.
The singer and a group of family and friends flew out of Atlanta, Georgia the day before his birthday, arriving in the Bahamas on his B-Day. The festivities appeared to be a low-key but happy affair for a young superstar who spent most of 2013-14 on a tear.
Bieber is the only the second Twitter user after Katy Perry to reach that figure. The “Dark Horse” songstress did so in February.
The singer has been joined in the Bahamas by his father Jeremy, who tweeted that he was heading to Atlanta with his other children Jaxon, 4, and Jazmyn 5, on the eve of his eldest’s birthday.
Happy Birthday son. Wow 20! — Jeremy Bieber (@JeremyBieber) March 1, 2014
Over the past 48 hours, a ton of social media messages and photos surfaced, revealing other birthday revellers who decamped to the The Cove — a 5-star all-inclusive Caribbean resort on the island of Eleuthera — with the 20th birthday boy.
Bieber reportedly rented several villas at $4,275 a night, complete with private butlers, pools, and kitchens.
After flying to the Bahamas Friday, it’s reported the party sailed to The Cove on a private yacht.
Guests include: Justin’s mother Pattie Mallette, his childhood pal Ryan Butler, videographer and friend Alfredo Flores, Swedish fitness trainer Patrick Nilsson, R&B singer Khalil Amir Sharieff, producer Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd, Lil Za, longtime choreographer Nick Demoura and Justin’s business partner, Johnny Shahidi — who co-owns the photo app Shots Of Me — and others.
Rounding up some of the photos posted by Bieber’s Bahamas group, the first comes via a Twitter user using the handle @PilotCR.
After sending birthday greetings to Justin on March 1, Pilot Jones tweeted,
Over on his Shots account, a presumably landed Jones later sent a cheery command to Shahidi and Justin while surrounded by a bevy of beauties.
The inviting tableau was captioned: “Another tough day in the Bahamas with @jetsiah… Wake up @johnny and @bizzle get out here!”
Shahidi also got in in the social media action, uploadlng a montage-worth of photos from the Bahamas after tweeting a picture of Justin blowing out candles on a tasty-looking strawberry, chocolate and cream cake.
The Shots of Me CEO and co-founder went to town uploading scenes from Bieber’s bash.
A selection follows:
(Photo: Justin blowing candles out on the cake.)
— Johnny Shahidi (@john) March 2, 2014
Best Buds http://t.co/Lts5cPXqOp pic.twitter.com/GaLHf4xN1Y — Johnny Shahidi (@john) March 2, 2014
(Photo: via Shahidi on Shots. Pattie Mallette – who has been living in Atlanta with Justin – and Jaxon Bieber. Shahidi captioned it, “Livin Life. iPad all day!”)
(Photo: via Shahidi on Shots, with a self-explanatory caption of “bar with @ryanbutler”.)
(Photo: via Shahidi on Shots, captioned, “@pattiemallette is #’turnt.”)
(Photo: Shahidi via Shots, captioned, “#Birthday cake # 3 but I love him #neverbroken.”)
(Photo: Shahidi via Shots in the Bahamas, captioned, “I am here.”)
(Photo: via Jeremy on Shots, uncaptioned.)
(Photo: Lil Za and Khalil Sharieff with female companions).
(Photo: Bieber’s cake from Khalil and Lil Za).
(Photo: via Instagram, Bieber at his Bahamas party with friends and family.)
(Photo: Well-Wishers leave balloons and cards on Justin’s property gates In Atlanta over his birthday weekend.)
Meanwhile, away from the birthday celebrations and welcome distraction of the Bahamas, Bieber’s legal cases roll on.
The young singer has pleaded not guilty to DUI, resisting arrest without violence, and driving with an expired license in Miami Beach on January 23. At a March 4 hearing, Judge William Altfield will announce whether withheld jailhouse footage of Bieber urinating into a cup for a drug test and other possibly semi-clad clips will be released in redacted form to the media.
Bieber is not required to be at the hearing.
The first court appearance the Canadian will appear at is on March 10 in Toronto to answer an assault charge. He is expected to plead not guilty. Justin is also awaiting a decision from the Los Angeles District Attorney on whether he will be charged for allegedly throwing eggs at his estranged neighbor’s Calabasas house on January 9.
Thanks to everyone for all the birthday wishes. Means a lot. Blessed and hoping we can continue to change the world together. Thanks
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) March 2, 2014
Good morning, god loves you pic.twitter.com/Q4GaHOu5P0
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) March 3, 2014