If Justin Bieber had any doubt about cancelling the remaining dates of his Purpose World Tour to give himself some time to rest, those doubts were likely silenced on Wednesday. The man needs a break both from being in the spotlight on stage, and in his personal life.
The pop star and prized paparazzi shot was leaving a church service around 9 p.m. in LA when he was swarmed by paparazzi. Bieber, who is an active member of the Hillsong Church, attempted to leave the church parking lot in his black truck when he accidentally struck a paparazzi.
Footage of the accident has now been released, showing Bieber’s truck swarmed by paparazzi with camera flashes obstructing the singer’s view. As seen in the video, Bieber was slowly exiting his parking spot when the 57-year-old photographer was hit. Although the camera is close to the man when he is hit, it’s still difficult to see what part of the truck actually struck the man.
While Bieber has been criticized in the past, sometimes rightly so, for his immature and reckless behavior, the 23-year-old entertainer showed excellent judgment during this week’s accident. In the newly released video, we can see that Bieber quickly jumped out of his truck and ran to the aid of the man whom he hit. Bieber called for help and assessed the situation, calmly asking the man if he was all right and attempting to create some space for the injured photographer by asking other members of the paparazzi to step back. Giving viewers some insight into the daily life of the young Canadian popstar, the paparazzi continued shooting and filming the incident, remaining at the scene until police and paramedics eventually loaded the victim into an ambulance.
In the video, Justin can be heard asking the paparazzi “Did you guys get enough footage of this?” with his frustration with the situation understandable.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Bieber remained at the scene and cooperated with police, with no citation being issued for the accidental collision. The photographer was eventually taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
This week’s incident shed some light on Bieber’s daily struggle with fame, making his decision to step away from the spotlight and end his tour early one that will hopefully help the singer regain some calm in his life.
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