Justin Bieber reflected on a time where he felt ‘confused and angry’ after being arrested for driving under the influence in Miami seven years ago.
The 26-year-old singer posted photos from when he was arrested with a long message about how he recovered from the challenging time.
‘7 years ago today I got was arrested, not my finest hour. Not proud of where I was at in my life. I was hurting, unhappy, confused, angry, mislead, misunderstood and angry at god,’ he wrote.
In 2014, the Baby songwriter and singer Khalil were both pulled over in the early hours of the morning on suspicion of street racing.
They were later charged with driving under the influence and resisting arrest, among other offenses; a toxicology report was later released confirming that Bieber had both Xanax and THC in his system during the incident.
Justin admitted that his faith played a major role in his maturation since the incident and why he is still a steadfast believer in God.
‘All this to say God has brought me a long way,’ he wrote. ‘From then til now I do realize something.. God was as close to me then as he is right now.’
Sending out love: In the caption for his photo, Bieber wrote a lengthy message to look back on the 2014 incident and proclaim his faith, which was strengthened after reflecting about what happened for the last seven years
Staying cozy: Before sharing the arrest photo, the Sorry songwriter posted a selfie wearing a large beanie and a black crewneck sweater
Reckless: In 2014, Bieber and singer Khalil were pulled over in Miami for street racing, and it was later found that the Baby songwriter was intoxicated during his arrest; he is seen in his mugshot from the night of the incident
He then finished his caption by writing an inspirational, faith-based message to his 159 million followers.
Justin wrote: ‘My encouragement to you is to ‘let your past be a reminder of how far god has brought you. Don’t allow shame to ruin your “today” let the forgiveness of Jesus take over and watch your life blossom into all that God has designed you to be.’
After the news of the arrest broke, a petition was started to have the singer deported from the United States, and eventually amassed over 270,000 signatures.
In August of that year, the songwriter reached a plea bargain with the prosecutors where he pleaded guilty to resisting an officer without violence in addition to driving without due care and attention.
Plea deal: The Love Yourself songwriter would go on to plead guilty to resisting an officer without violence in addition to driving without due care and attention; he is pictured during his bond hearing from 2014
Giving back: In addition to attending anger management courses and a cautionary driving program, Bieber was fined $500 and donated $50,000 to a Miami-area charity; he is spotted being released after his 2014 arrest
Bieber was fined $500 and was mandated to attend both an anger management course and a program that emphasized the dangers of reckless driving; he also made a donation to a Miami-area charity.
Despite marking the day, Bieber appeared to be taking advantage of the time that quarantine has given him to pick up new hobbies and reflect on his past.
He jumped on the back of a blue bicycle while wearing a heavy green fur coat for what he called: ‘Morning cruise.’
Underneath his top layer, he wore a pair of bright pink sweat pants to make sure his legs stayed dry amid the outside downpour.
Riding out: He jumped on the back of a blue bicycle while wearing a heavy green fur coat for what he called: ‘Morning cruise’
Business as usual: Wife Hailey stripped off all of her makeup for a selfie with a white face mask and under eye patches as she sipped on a cup of coffee
The singer covered up his signature messy hair with a large beanie and wore a pair of grey high-top sneakers for the bike ride.
Wife Hailey stripped off all of her makeup for a selfie with a white face mask and under eye patches as she sipped on a cup of coffee.
‘Saturday’s look (and Sunday…and Monday-Friday),’ the Poosh handle captioned her snap.
In another shot from their palatial Los Angeles home, Hailey cuddled up by the fire to catch up on Zoom calls.
Good life: In another shot from their palatial Los Angeles home, Hailey cuddled up by the fire to catch up on Zoom calls