Justin Bieber Speaks Out On Alleged Drug Photos

Teen pop superstar, Justin Bieber, addressed his fans on Saturday after photos went viral of the 18-year-old star holding what appeared to be a marijuana joint. Bieber posted a series of tweets to his approximate 32.5 million twitter followers:

everyday growing and learning. trying to be better. u get knocked down, u get up.

— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) January 5, 2013

The alleged drug photos in question were from a Newport Beach Hotel room party on Wednesday January 2 and were posted by TMZ. Bieber never spoke directly about the photos but he thanked his followers for their support and deemed himself ready to face “new challenges” and “new doubters” in 2013:

like i said…2013…new challenges. new doubters…Im ready. We are ready. see u all tomorrow and everyday after that. #BELIEVEtour

— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) January 5, 2013

The photos were taken a day after a paparazzi photographer was killed trying to get pictures of Bieber’s white Ferrari. Sources say that the driver of the Ferrari that day, 19-year-old rapper, Lil Twist was also at the party.

Bieber is set to kick off his Believe tour on January 5 at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. The tour comes shortly after news broke of Bieber’s newly single relationship status after reportedly breaking up again with girlfriend, Selena Gomez. The nationwide tour will celebrate the slated June release of Bieber’s new album, Believe.