As Justin Bieber continues to receive attention for his increasingly bizarre antics, fans are beginning to wonder exactly how he’ll handle his upcoming “Saturday Night Live” appearance.
The 19-year-old pop star is scheduled to appear and perform on the late-night sketchy comedy show, and his PR team has helped to build buzz for the gig by telling the press that they’re allowing the “SNL” writers to go as far as they want.
According to sources for TMZ, that could include mentioning anything from recent allegations of Bieber’s drug use or his dramatic split from on-and-off-again girlfriend Selena Gomez. The tabloid publication reported that “our sources say Justin himself has told producers to push him as far as they want.”
But Bieber’s controversial behavior hasn’t lessened since then. The “Beauty and the Beat” singer certainly gave fans a chuckle when he bared his butt for the camera last week and when a photo was leaked of him appearing to grope a female fan he had his arm around, as he pecked her on the cheek.
Bieber’s publicist, Melissa Victor, insisted that the photographed pose had simply been an accident and that Bieber had been "moving his hand away from hugging her” just as the photo was snapped.
The female fan, who goes only by Jocelyn on her Twitter account, according to FOX news, seemed to substantiate Victor’s story, tweeting, "IM DYING HAHAHAHHAHA IT LOOKS LIKE JUSTIN'S TOUCHING MY BOOB IN THE PICTURE.
“People can think what they want but I know what really happened & Justin does too so everyone else's opinions don't matter to me,” Jocelyn added.
However, more damning than the fan photo were photos allegedly taken of the singer around New Year's Eve, in which he appeared to smoke marijuana at a party. Justin’s PR team continues to deny that their client uses drugs and is insisting that he has absolutely nothing to be afraid of regarding his upcoming “SNL” appearance.
"Justin has nothing to hide or be ashamed about. He is a talented 18-year-old who is growing up in the spotlight and is the first to laugh at any mistakes he might have made," a source for the Huffington Post said.
"So everything will be on the table: his relationships, the tabloids' stories about him, even the recent rumors that he tried pot. If the bit is funny, then it will be on the live show."