Justin Bieber reflected on his DUI arrest seven years ago and how far he has come.
On Saturday (January 23), the "Yummy" singer shared a photo of his prior arrest on Instagram. A younger Bieber is seen hiding from the paparazzi while being escorted into a police station in handcuffs.
"7 years ago today I was arrested, not my finest hour," he captioned the photo. "Not proud of where I was at in my life. I was hurting, unhappy, confused, angry, mislead, misunderstood and angry at God." He added, "I also wore too much leather for someone in Miami.
Bieber then explained his current relationship with religion and God. "All this to say God has brought me a long way. From then til [sic] now I do realize something… God was as close to me then as he is right now. 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," he continued.
He finished his post by giving a shoutout to his fans. "LOVE YOU GUYS WITH MY WHOLE HEART," he concluded.
His famous friends shared their support for him in the comments section. His wife, Hailey Bieber commented a single heart emoji while Kevin Hart added his own supportive emojis. His manager, Scooter Braun, wrote, "Proud of you." Tom Brady added, "We live and learn," while 2 Chainz shared a blue heart emoji with a muscled arm.
Bieber was arrested for a DUI and drag racing in Miami Beach on January 23, 2014. Seven months later, he accepted a plea deal to avoid time in jail. He had to complete twelve hours of anger management, pay court fees and donate $50,000 to charity.
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