A photo of Justin Bieber grabbing his crotch in a pose alongside friends has stirred up controversy, causing some to wonder if the Kid Rauhl singer hasn't strayed too far from his roots.
A number of "belieber" fans have cherished the story of a young Justin Bieber playing guitar with a flipped hat to earn extra cash for himself and his single mother. Bieber growing up as a kid and teaching himself to play the guitar and drums and helping his then poor mother, who became pregnant at 18, has been an inspiring story to many.
Bieber was first discovered off of his YouTube station titled KidRauhl and the footage of him as a young child has made many hope that he would stay young forever. But now at 18, regarded as an international heartthrob, Bieber has moved far past his humble beginnings.
The latest photo, which appeared on Twitter, of the singer grabbing his crotch alongside two other boys has sparked concern for some who say that the singer has gone too far. His audience consists mostly of young teen and pre-teen girls, and the message as of late has seemed too mature.
The grab is nothing new according to others, who believe that Bieber is simply copyIng the king of pop himself. Michael Jackson received an equal amount of controversy when he first broke the scene with his grab.
Some say he is just being a typical child star; making millions with a squeaky clean image, but now that he is "Of Age" he wants to "break out of that image," Mike wrote on the Hollywood Gossip blog. "How many times has it been retold on VH1 behind the music, or another Child Star where are they now Lifetime specials?"