Not proud of where I was in life: Justin Bieber reflects on 2014 arrest

Singer penned an elaborate note to relay how far he's come in life despite hitting rock bottom several times


Entertainment Desk January 25, 2021

Popular singer Justin Bieber has been recalling his past mistakes lately. The Anyone singer reflected on his January 23, 2014 arrest, and how God brought him a long way since.

"7 years ago today I was arrested, not my finest hour. Not proud of where I was in my life. I was hurting, unhappy, confused, angry, mislead [sic], misunderstood and angry at god," he wrote on Instagram alongside a photo of himself in handcuffs being escorted by the police. "I also wore too much leather for someone in Miami," he added. “All this to say God has brought me a long way. From then till now, I do realise something.. God was as close to me then as he is right now," the 26-year-old singer continued.

"My encouragement to you is to ‘let your past be a reminder of how far God has brought you. Don’t allow shame to ruin your 'today' let the forgiveness of Jesus take over and watch your life blossom into all that God has designed you to be. Love you guys with my whole heart!"

Following this, Bieber received round of applause and encouragement from his friends and fans, including manager Scooter Braun, who wrote, "Proud of you." Tom Brady also added, "We live and learn," with 2Chainz, Jaden Smith, Patrick Schwarzenegger and more leaving comments.

Bieber was only 16 when he was arrested for drag racing in a yellow Lamborghini in Miami, Florida. He also failed a sobriety test and was charged with driving under the influence, resisting arrest and driving with a suspended license, reported Entertainment Tonight.

The Canadian singer, however, avoided jail time by pleading guilty to a lesser charge of reckless driving, making a charitable donation and taking anger management classes.

Just a couple days after his January 23, 2014 arrest, he was once again detained and charged with assault on January 29. This was after surrendering to the Toronto Police Department. The charge stemmed from an alleged altercation involving a limousine driver that took place on December 30, 2013.

But that’s not all; Bieber was also arrested on September 1, 2014 in Canada, when an August accident involving an ATV and a mini-van turned into a physical altercation between the driver of the ATV and an occupant in the mini-van. Bieber was charged with two counts of criminal code offenses, dangerous driving and assault.

The singer has previously reflected on these arrests among other legal woes he's had over the years to reflect on how he has grown. During the Virtual PaleyFest LA event last year, the Yummy crooner relayed that it has been "an honor" to now show his "vulnerable sides" with his fans.

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