For Justin Bieber, it’s apparently never too late to say “Sorry.” Less than two years ago, the 22-year-old was a global punchline for his odd run-ins with the law and assorted tabloid-ready behavior. Now, thanks to loads of apologies and some of the most irresistible pop songs he’s ever had, The Biebs is back and bigger than ever, with a hit-filled album, “Purpose,” a string of three No. 1 singles, and a massive world tour that arrives at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center this week. “I just need one more shot at second chances,” he sings. Well, he’s got it. Here’s a look at the ups and downs of Bieber’s unbelievable career so far.
Jan. 19, 2007
Mom Pattie Mallette posts video on YouTube of her 12-year-old son, Justin Bieber, performing at the Stratford Star talent competition, singing Ne-Yo’s “So Sick.”
Nov. 20, 2009
A Bieber appearance at Roosevelt Field mall draws more than 3,000 teens and becomes a near riot. A label executive is arrested after Team Bieber declines to help to disperse the crowd.
Jan. 20, 2010
Bieber releases “Baby” as a single, which eventually becomes a Top 5 single and, for a short while, the most-viewed video on YouTube. The video now has 1.4 billion views.
March 28, 2013
Mally, Bieber’s pet Capuchin monkey, is detained at Munich airport after Bieber was unable to provide the necessary paperwork to allow the monkey to enter Germany. Bieber gave Mally up for adoption in Munich.
May 19, 2013
Bieber receives Billboard Music Awards’ first-ever Milestone Award. He gets booed by the crowd.
Jan. 23, 2014
Bieber was arrested, accused of drag racing a rented Lamborghini in Miami and allegedly driving under the influence. He pleaded guilty to the lesser charges of careless driving and resisting arrest.
March 14, 2015
The Comedy Central roast of Bieber is held, featuring everyone from Martha Stewart to Kevin Hart getting their digs in. “You should thank me for being here in your extremely transparent attempt to be more likable in the public eye,” Hannibal Buress told him. “I hope it doesn’t work.”
Bieber makes his concert comeback at the Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater.
NOV. 13, 2015
Bieber releases “Purpose,” an album that sells 522,000 copies in its first week and hits No. 1.