What's Justin Bieber been up to since his last Tampa concert? A lot
It has been exactly eight months since this Justin Bieber performance at the Jingle Ball concert at the Forum, plenty of time for the pop-star to pop up in dozens of headlines before his concert at the Forum tonight. JIM REED/STAFF
Last December, pop superstar Justin Bieber brought shirtless Christmas cheer to thousands of screaming Beliebers at the Forum during Jingle Ball 2012. He returns to the downtown Tampa arena tonight for his sold-out Believe Tour, beginning at 7. So what has the 19-year-old with the gravity-defying pants been up to in the past eight months and one day? A whole lot, it turns out, and most of it didn't involve music.
Here's a look back at Bieber's newsmaking since the last time he performed in Tampa. Dec. 9, 2012, Tampa — Justin Bieber headlines the annual Jingle Ball concert at the Forum. Jan. 10, Los Angeles — A former bodyguard sues Bieber seeking more than $420,000 in overtime and other wages and claiming the singer repeatedly struck him during a disagreement about how to handle a member of the singer's entourage. March 4, London — Bieber is booed by fans who accuse him of taking the stage almost two hours late at the O2 arena. He insists he was only 40 minutes late and blamed “technical issues.”
March 7, London — The singer leaves the stage after becoming short of breath while performing at the O2 and collapses backstage. After he's given oxygen, Bieber returns to finish the set. Later he posts a shirtless photo of himself in a hospital bed, saying he's getting better and listening to Janis Joplin. March 8, London — Bieber is captured by British news cameras lunging at a paparazzo who insulted him. Bieber lashed out with a stream of expletives before a member of his entourage forced him back into a van. March 14, New York — Bieber takes to Instagram to unload frustration over the media, writing he's “tired of all the countless lies in the press right now,” and denies rumors that he's going to rehab. Bieber writes “I'm 19 and it must be scary to some people to think that this is just the beginning.” March 28, Munich — Bieber's pet monkey Mally is seized by German customs when the singer fails to produce vaccination papers after arriving for a European tour. The German government later takes ownership of Mally and places it in a zoo in Hodenhagen to live with six other capuchins. April 12, Amsterdam — Bieber visits the Anne Frank House museum where he writes in the guestbook: “Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a Belieber.” The message triggers a flood of critical comments on the museum's Facebook page. April 25, Stockholm — Swedish police say they've found drugs and a stun gun on Bieber's empty tour bus. No arrests were made and the drugs were not identified, though police say they detected an odor of marijuana. May 6, Dubai — Bieber demonstrates his slick moves when a rogue fan rushes toward him on stage. Phone video shows Bieber twisting away and strolling off the stage after guards tackle the man from behind, spilling into Bieber and tipping over a piano. The show resumes after a short break. May 27, Calabasas, Calif. — Former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Keyshawn Johnson confronts Bieber at his home, saying the singer was driving his white Ferrari at freeway speeds inside their gated community where Johnson's daughter was playing outside. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office investigates. June 17, Los Angeles — Video shows Justin Bieber running into a photographer with his white Ferrari in Hollywood, but police say there was no crime and the injuries weren't life-threatening. June, 26, Los Angeles — A paparazzo files a lawsuit against the singer, claiming Bieber jumped into the air from 6 to 8 feet away to deliver a martial-arts-type kick to the photographer's gut before punching him in the face at a shopping center. July 11, Chicago — Bieber apologizes by phone to Bill Clinton for a video that showed him urinating in a mop bucket in a New York City restaurant kitchen and spraying a photo of Clinton with cleaning fluid before dropping the f-bomb in reference to the former president. Separately, the Chicago Department of Business Affairs confirms Bieber was listed as an underage guest on a citation issued to Bodi nightclub for serving minors. July 28, Detroit — U.S. border agents say they've found marijuana on a bus with Bieber's tour as it crossed into Detroit from Windsor, Canada. The singer was not on the bus at the time. July 30, Berlin – German authorities posted a public notice urging Bieber to get in touch with them about an unpaid bill of $1,500 for his former pet monkey's care. Bieber is already on the hook for a separate 5,000-euro bill from Munich customs. Tonight, Tampa — Bieber fever is back at the Forum.