Justin Bieber wasn’t always the Canadian miscreant living in California, egging houses and drag racing down the streets of Los Angeles.
Before Biebs became the raucous party animal he’s known for today, he was a humble Stratford kid, singing songs on the streets of the Ontario town famous for their summer Shakespeare festival.
It’s hard to remember a time when Bieber wasn’t being hounded by paparazzi and torn to shreds in headlines. Times when he didn’t throw a fan’s cell phone down his pants or obnoxiously ride Segways around his neighbourhood with best friend Lil Za.
Here are five tender moments from Bieber’s youth, back before it all went wrong.
1.See, we weren’t even lying. Here’s Bieber, pre being discovered on YouTube and spring boarding into international stardom, busking on the steps of a store in Stratford. Back then, it was all about the music. There was no Lamborghini to get distracted by. We sometimes wonder what would have happened had he never been discovered on YouTube…
2. Fast forward a couple of years later to when Bieber was making his first television appearance alongside his mother, Patty. Bieber remains silent throughout the entire thing, just smiling along with his mother as she talks about the current battle between Justin Timberlake and Usher over who gets to sign the prodigy to their label. Important to note: Patty mentions they would be moving to America to start their long journey in Bieber’s career. Couldn’t have been more spot on, mom.
3.Even when Bieber was starting to get big, he was still that humble little kid from Stratford starting to make his way in the world. Overcome with success and extraordinary popularity, Bieber took the time out of his busy schedule to make this one young fan’s dreams come true. Publicity stunt? Most definitely. It’s still one of the more adorable things he’s done in his career, though.
4.But perhaps he was at his tamest when he was two, drumming away on a chair. Even then, the kid had spunk, but at least it was harnessed into beating the seat of that chair. In the video, toddler Bieber proclaims, “My name is Justin,” something he will never have to do again for the rest of his life. Or at least until his next court date.
5. Foreshadowing at its finest! In an interview with an incredibly young Justin Bieber, a reporter asks how he’s handling the pressure of being famous and how his mom is dealing with it. Bieber responds by saying, “I’m handling it. My mom keeps me grounded. And she’s enjoying the train wreck, I mean ride.” It’s almost sad watching a young Biebs talk about his future fate. Here’s to hoping he’ll someday grow out of it.
For now, however, we’re stuck with this Bieber. Buckle up and settle in, folks, we’ve got a long ride ahead of us.Follow @loudmouthjulia