Justin Bieber has been known as one of the most famous male pop stars in the recent times. Born on March 1, 1994, the Canadian singer became a YouTube sensation turned pop star has had a journey full of highs and lows in the entertainment industry. The 23-year-old singing sensation began his career at the young age of 13. Justin Bieber has undergone a transformation from initial days of singing for Usher and has become one of the most famous pop stars in the western world. The records and numbers made by Justin Bieber take a back seat as his fan following all over the world makes him one of the most famous celebrities. Justin Bieber is all set to perform in India in May with his Purpose World Tour. The singer-performers stardom is evident in the fact that the unreasonably high-cost tickets of Rs 76000 are also getting sold out at an alarming rate. As we celebrate the birthday of Bieber and await his tour, here are six things you need to know about his life and struggles. Justin Bieber birthday special: Top 4 Style moments of the What Do You Mean singer!

1. Justin Bieber before YouTube

Justin Bieber was born in London, Ontario to Jeremy Jack Bieber and Patricia “Pattie” Mallette. Bieber’s parents were never married, and Patricia raised Justin by working a series of low-paying jobs. With a keen interest in music from a young age, Justin Bieber took piano, drums, guitar, and trumpet lessons when in school. Bieber also participated in various singing competitions. A video from one such event, where Justin sang Ne-Yo’s “So Sick”, began his YouTube career. Justin’s mother, Patricia Mallette uploaded these videos on YouTube, which gained him a lot of popularity.

2. The jump from YouTube to Usher

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Justin Bieber was fairly popular on the internet when Scooter Braun of So So Def Recordings came across his work and contacted Mallet. Justin’s mom was initially unsure of sending him with Braun but was convinced by the elders at her church to take a chance. At the age of 13, Justin went to Atlanta, Georgia and recorded demo tapes. In the same year, he began singing for Usher. Bieber was soon signed to Raymond Braun Media Group (RBMG), a joint venture between Braun and Usher.

3. The hidden talent

While Justin Bieber is known for being a musical genius who has given various hits like Baby, Sorry, etc. it is not known by many that Bieber is actually a mastermind as well. According to reports on Teen Vogue, the singer-songwriter can solve a Rubix Cube in less than two minutes! He also revealed that he wanted to be an architect if he wasn’t a singer!

4. His idols and coach in the industry

Justin Bieber is a huge fan of Canadian rapper, Drake and considers him to be an older brother. While Bieber as various friends in the industry, his mentor in the industry was none other than Hollywood actor, Will Smith. Justin is practically family with the Smiths, and Jaden Smith has accompanied Justin on various tours.

5. Achievements by the Canadian Singer

Justin Bieber has released four main albums, My World 2.0 (2010), Under the Mistletoe (2011), Believe (2012) and Purpose (2015). Bieber has sold an estimated 100 million records, making him the best-selling male Canadian artist and one of the world’s best-selling music artists. Bieber is also known to be the first artist to surpass 10 billion total video views on Vevo. Justin Bieber was the first artist after Elvis Presley when he replaced his own song as number one on the UK Singles Chart.

6. The Arrest in 2014

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Justin Bieber had many run-ins with the law right from the beginning. However, in 2014 Bieber was finally arrested for Driving under influence of drugs and alcohol. Driving with an over six-month expired license, and resisting arrest without violence. One of his neighbours in Calabasas, California, accused Bieber of throwing eggs at his home on January 9, 2014, and causing thousands of dollars of damage.