More details have emerged from Justin Bieber’s drop-in on The Doctors set to meet a teen burns survivor, which aired on Thursday.
Kilee Brookbank, 16, suffered severe burns to over 45 percent of her body during a freak gas explosion at family’s home in Ohio last November. She and her family were invited to talk about her inspiring recovery on The Doctors, where Justin — the teen’s favorite singer — surprised her with flowers, hugs and a kiss on the cheek.
It turns out although Justin’s team was approached by the program’s producers to shoot a video for Kilee, E! News reports it was the singer’s idea to swing by the set in person.
A source revealed Justin suggested, “…wait, doesn’t the show tape in L.A.? I’ll be in L.A.! Wouldn’t it be cool for me to come by?”
Fast forward to the last week’s taping of the show in L.A. After Kilee’s battle against the odds was explained to the audience, the teen was played the Biebs’ video message.
“I just wanted to say my prayers go out to you and your family and get well soon,” the 20-year-old singer said in the short clip.
Then, surprise. Justin crept behind Kilee with a bouquet of flowers, which he presented on set.
Justin told her “First of all, I just wanted to say how proud I am of you.”
He continued, “The message I want to get out there is that you inspire us so much, I think you inspire everybody in this audience, everybody across the world, you inspire me.”
E!’s insider reports Justin was “gracious to everyone and genuinely excited to be there.”
It was also revealed that after the show, he invited Kilee, her mom, Lori, and step-dad, Wade, into his dressing room, where they talked for over an hour. And, later that night, he invited the family to join him in the studio.
“Justin was so kind and sweet to all of us,” Kilee told E!
She went on, “The chance to meet Justin Bieber is something I never thought I would get, and I’m very grateful that this was able to happen with the help of The Doctors and the tweets that my friends started.”
In a statement, her parents told E!, “The kindness that Justin Bieber showed Kilee, as well as us, was sincere and we greatly appreciate it.”
“Our hope is to show that the transition from burn victim to burn survivor is accomplished through not only excellent medical care, but positive attitude as well.”
They added, “Kilee has shown that she has an ‘I can do this’ attitude, and she has earned the huge smile on her face through the courage she has shown. She hopes her story can help others.”
Kilee was also presented with a $4,000 gift card for her and her family to redecorate their home.
In addition to The Doctors, Justin was seen on Thursday’s edition of the Ellen DeGeneres Show, during which he said he’s not proud of some of his exploits over the past few years.
He also explained that he posted his famous confession/apology video “to just let people know that I’m human.”
Justin also revealed he has been hurt by online comments. “People often forget that, even with their comments and stuff they think it doesn’t get to me. But, it gets to me. You know, things that people say bother me, and I gotta be strong enough to just keep it pushing.”
He added, “I’m passionate about being better and growing, so I think that this is going to be an awesome chapter in my life and I’m so glad that I have you guys supporting me. “
[Images via Stage 29 Productions/The Doctors and T. Mathew/Mathew Imaging]