December 22, 2016
Justin Bieber Goes Home, The Smoke And Mirrors Remains

Justin Bieber has returned to Canada to support his father Jeremy through knee surgery.

Noting the Daily Star's most recent story claiming his family has slammed the singer, this filial gesture throws up all sorts of questions.

The 19-year-old left New York City where he and his much talked about new hair made the rounds at fashion week at the weekend and had an emotional church service experience, to get to his father by Tuesday.

Clearly touched by his son's concern, Jeremy tweeted:

"My boy @justinbieber flew all the way home to be with me for my surgery. What an incredible boy. #love."

Post-surgery Jeremy tweeted an update, writing:

"Layed up while the boyz out 4wheelin (sic)."

News of Justin's mercy dash comes after the teen singer's impromptu meet and greet with around 30, screaming female fans after leaving a late supper with Sean Kingston and other pals at NYC's Serafina restaurant on Monday, September 9.

Despite a frenzied scene, E! News reports one diner said,

"He left at around 12:30. When he did, the group of fans went nuts and started storming his car."

The restaurant goer continued, "He rolled down the window and started signing autographs and talking to fans. It was so nice of him and the girls were just going crazy, screaming and crying. Even one of the mothers who was there with her daughter couldn't get over it. We heard her say, 'My God, this is a miracle, we waited six hours for this'."

In the end, the session was cut short by traffic build-up behind Justin's car which meant he had to move on. But, says the diner,"not before seriously making a group of his fans very, very happy."

247PapsTV recounted a similar tale when Bieber exited NYC's Dream Downtown hotel on Sunday, September 8, where he was greeted by another group of over-excited, rowdy fans waiting outside.

Video footage of the scene outside Dream showed the Canadian superstar attempting to meet the demands of all the fans despite the scrum.

Later exchanging tweets with 247PapsTV, who filmed the mayhem and promote themselves as a humane paparazzi outfit, Bieber wrote:

None of this is actually anything new. Last month, when the "Baby" singer hit New York City for a run of Believe tour shows, E! News reported he ordered pizza, sent hot chocolate, and spent time playing new music to fans who trailed him around the city during his week stay.

Similar incidents have occurred along the whole trek, notably in Iowa when the singer gave a small group of fans tickets, McDonalds, and bread before performing.

Off-tour too, Bieber has seemingly been only too happy to make time for fans at venues such as Los Angeles' Pinz Bowling Center, outside his hotel in Miami when he visited for the Miami Heat-San Antonio Spurs game in June, and on numerous occasions over the years.

In addition to Justin's consistent work with organizations such as Make-A-Wish, Pencils of Promise, Whitney Elementary School, and Child Hunger Ends Here, he is well known for his close relationship with his fans.

All of this sits at odds with the horror stories reported about the singer in recent months, not least of which, claims the singer spat at fans from a Toronto hotel balcony during a July tour stop.

At the time, the accusation was angrily denied by the star's rep and more recently by his manager, Scooter Braun, who told ET,

"My biggest frustration is that Justin Bieber just became the biggest Make-A-Wish musician of all time at 19-years-old and a fake story about him spitting over a balcony into bushes was changed into [him] spitting over a balcony into fans, and that got more pick up when there's nothing to show it's true."

The 32-year-old insisted, "Just 'cause it's being reported all over the press doesn't make it real."

As previously reported at IQ, noted by Buzz60, Celebrity Cafe and mused at Cambio, there are no actual photographs of Justin spitting from the balcony — and the fans — in the same frame. The crowd image of fans used in reports on the incident was extracted from Bieber's Instagram video.

The singer's Instagram caption states he filmed fans outside his hotel on the morning of July 25.

But according to Canadian outlets, the lensman who filmed him spitting at the hotel arrived on site hours later at around 4 pm.

That story and others, including TMZ's item about a Bieber photo shoot rider supposedly containing orders banning the music of ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez, was slammed as "fake" by the heartthrob's rep just days before the ex-couple appeared in an Instagram photograph together.

Other claims denied by the singer and his team since March include further allegations of spitting, assaults, an "International coke smuggling ring" claim about one of Bieber's friends, rehab rumors, drug parties accusations by self-declared "best friend" King Kevi, claims of speeding in his Calabasas, Calif., neighborhood in one May instance (later disproved by a security video), and his eventual clearance from an alleged hit-and run investigation related to a June incident outside the Laugh Factory in West Hollywood.

Throw in a much trumpeted second paternity claim that disappeared without a trace, hysteria over an innocently intended guestbook entry left by the teen star at Amsterdam's Anne Frank museum, and the aforementioned Daily Star report claiming Bieber's family consider him as a bad influence on his step-brother and sister, Jaxon and Jazmyn.

Justin Bieber With His Parents, Jeremy Bieber And Pattie Mallette

Most outlets turned their nose up at this last item and very few picked it up. At the time it was met with silence from the singer's reps and seem incongruous with Jeremy's recent tweets.

Over the past few months, both Braun and Justin have commented on what they claim is a significant proportion of either inflated, skewed or fictional media reports.

As Jon M. Chu's second Bieber-centric movie documentary nears its expected Christmas release the singer's vow to "tell everything," this time unlimited by 140 character tweets that were dismissed as "rants" back in March becomes an intriguing one.

Notwithstanding proven incidents during Bieber's 2013, it will be interesting to see how much --- or how little --- of the rest has been smoke and mirrors.