justin bieberI'll admit it. I'm a Justin Bieber fan. Not in that creepy cougar sort of way. I actually think his music is cute. And as far as pop phenoms go, he always seemed relatively normal and well-adjusted ... that is, until now. He shocked everyone when he unleashed his fury in London this week. That's right. Justin threatened to beat up a photographer. No joke. The entire ridiculous incident was caught on tape and it's too bizarre to miss. Actually, it could have come off as pretty badass and earned him some street cred had it not been for one big thing.

You see, Justin was coming out of a hotel and of course the entrance was swarming with paparazzi. It appears he shoved and elbowed several folks on the way to his SUV. When one photog called him out on his rudeness suggesting it was assault, the pop singer flipped out. He startled hurtling f-bombs and even threatened to "beat the f**k out of you" as he swatted at the guy. You won't belieb your eyes. (Sorry, couldn't resist.)

Take a look at Bieber unleashed!

 

So, I get why he was so annoyed. They were being incredibly rude. It can't be easy being swarmed all day, every day. But it's easy to threaten to beat someone up when you are surrounded by your own huge bodyguards. He clearly knew that they wouldn't let anything happen to their precious cargo. It kind of takes the edge off his so-called bravado, don't you think?

Same thing can be said of Chris Brown. He's always going off on people, charging them with his huge entourage to back him up. Now, I don't think Justin Bieber is as far gone as Chris -- not by any measure. But I wonder if these guys would be so courageous if they were flying solo. Probably not. They have bought into their own hype because everyone around them treats them like royalty. How can they really grow up to be mature adults when they don't live in reality? I don't think they can. One thing Bieber has going for him is a loving, supportive family. From what I have seen of his mom and grandparents, they won't tolerate that kind of foolishness. So there's still hope for the Biebs yet.

Are you surprised by Bieber's outburst?