22 reasons we're not sorry about loving Justin Bieber

By Ava Baccari

Once there was a time when having a crush on a mop-haired pop star from Stratford, Ont. who sang saccharine melodies about wanting to be your boyfriend was reserved for your younger sister, but today love for Justin Bieber is as universal and justified as his mega-star status. His infectious Purpose album and subsequent world tour earned Justin his first GRAMMY, a Best Dance Recording statue for "Where Are Ü Now" – a song that drew even the most resistant outliers into the Belieber fold. As the powerhouse "Sorry" singer turns 22 on March 1, we round up 22 reasons to love the platinum record-selling Canadian singer and songwriter – no apologies necessary.

Justin Bieber turns 22 on March 1. Photo: © Getty Images

1. He's not afraid to show his emotional side. During his comeback performance at the 2015 Video Music Awards, Justin broke down into tears after a powerhouse delivery of "Where Are Ü Now" on stage. “I just wasn’t expecting them to support me in the way that they did,” he later explained on The Late Show with Jimmy Fallon. " I was just feeling judged and wanting to win so badly and just wanting to do what I love so badly that I just put everything on the line."

Justin got emotional after his VMA performance. Photo: © Getty Images

2. He's a GRAMMY winner. After three nominations, Justin won his first GRAMMY for Best Dance Recording with "Where Are Ü Now," his 2015 single with DJs Skrillex and Diplo.

3. ...and a hit-maker. The hits keep coming! His hit single off of the Purpose album, "Love Yourself," spent three weeks (and counting!) in the number-one spot on the American Top 40 countdown, making the track he co-wrote with Ed Sheeran the biggest song of his career.

4. He's immortalized in wax. Ahead of his 22nd birthday, Madame Tussauds revealed a new wax figure of Justin Bieber. The true-to-life depiction captures the shirtless singer inked with more than 50 of his actual tattoos.

5. And in emojis! The dreamy Justin Bieber avatar created for the BRIT Awards caused quite the stir on social media andwas pretty close to the real thing.

Justin has been immortalized as an emoji. Photo: © BRIT Awards

6. Because there's an official Justin Bieber tour in Stratford, which features stops at such hotspots of his youth as the front steps of the Avon Theatre, where he used to busk, and the buffet restaurant where he had his first date.

7. And he's a good ol' Canadian boy all around. Hockey!

8. He has the cutest mini-me younger brother, Jaxon. And he brought the adorable six-year-old lookalike as his plus-one to the GRAMMYs.

Justin had the cutest date of all at the GRAMMYs. Photo: © Getty Images

9. He's a Calvin Klein model.

Just try not to like this! Photo courtesy of Calvin Klein.

10. While Justin likes his (slightly sparse) facial hair, he cleans up nicely too.

Scariest photo I've ever taken and I shaved

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11. He's really into giving back. Justin hosted a sold-out acoustic show at Toronto's Danforth Music Hall, and proceeds from ticket sales ($100 each) were donated to the Stratford House of Blessing, an outreach centre and food bank in his hometown that the singer frequented as a child.

12. Because of his new puppy.


New addition to the family his name is Phil

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13. His new hair game. While we'll always love the grown-out mop for its feel-good nostalgia, his side-swept platinum locks display his more grown-up style instincts.

14. He flips out when he meets Jennifer Aniston, too. Because who wouldn't?

15. Because of this birthday wish.

16. He does a mean karaoke. His multiple appearances on the Carpool Karaoke segment of The Late, Late Show with James Corden is one of the funniest – especially when the British host asks Justin to apply moisturizer to his face as the pair, clad in matching suits, drive to the GRAMMYs.

17. He loves Fashion Santa as much as the rest of us. When visiting Toronto's Yorkdale Mall for some last-minute gift shopping, Justin couldn't resist posing with the dapper Santa Claus.

18. Because he's sorry, too. In a February cover story for GQ, Justin said that the events in his life – even the ones he's not proudest of – helped make him the man he is today. "f I could go back, I wouldn’t really change much. I think it’s all my journey. That stuff made me who I am.”

19. He's a mama's boy deep down. According to the lyrics in "Love Yourself," his mama "likes everyone," and Justin takes his mother Pattie Mallette's opinions to heart. She had Justin at just 17 and was his primary caregiver growing up.

My mom has taught me how to love, forgive and believe. She is my everything ♛

A photo posted by Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) on

20. He loves his fans.

21. He's the perfect date.

22. Oh, and he's kind of a hero. Earlier this year Justin came to the aide of a woman who fell off her bicycle after being struck by a passing car in New York. The singer and his team flagged down police for the injured cyclist.


And he's modest too.

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