After a blossoming bromance with Post Malone that’s lasted way longer than anyone thought, it seems Justin Bieber has finally stepped out of Posty’s shadow for a little while.
Not that Bieber was riding Posty’s coattails or anything, the Biebs was around way before the Rockstar singer burst into our lives. But young Justin’s infatuation with Posty was clear to anyone with a social media account.
From his attempts to grow facial hair, letting his locks flow freely and generally rocking the hobo chic look for the past few months, Bieber has been looking like he hasn’t left Venice Beach for a while.
It seems he has now though, as sharing a very glam photo from a bathroom of some sort, the 24-year-old took to Instagram to show off his new do.
Yep, the Biebs has shaved his head. It takes a bold person to do such a move, as there’s no turning back once your make that decision.
And while the guy has a fairly convincing grin on his face (probably relieved he can stop pretending his moustache is still coming in) some fans are a little worried.
You see, they’ve seen this kind of behaviour before. Cast your minds back if you can, dear reader, to the heady days of 2007. Years before Brexit was even a word and back when Trump was… still Trump unfortunately, but less in your face about it.
2007 will always be most well-known for one event and one event only, however – Britney shaving her head.
Britney infamously faced a few struggles in 2007, and her choice to shave her once iconic locks left many fans concerned for her mental wellbeing.
Canadian pop icon Bieber too has inadvertently curated concern after his run-in with the clippers, with several fans drawing driect comparisons to Britney’s actions over a decade ago:
Some fans, however, had a few words to say:
— 🍁Mylène🍂 (@CopperBronzed) October 31, 2018
Justin is the new Britney 2007
— astraltela (@estrelarastral) October 31, 2018
Justin Bieber went as Britney Spears in 2007 for Halloween 2018. What a time to be alive pic.twitter.com/IFWs2OB4ru
— Emily Richardson (@emuhwee) October 31, 2018
It was only a matter of time after Justin Bieber ate his burrito sideways that he would go full 2007 Britney on all us. pic.twitter.com/WdZjzgMVnl
— Taylor Valko (@taylorvalko) October 31, 2018
Bieber’s move comes just a few days after he was reportedly spotted chowing down on a burrito in entirely the wrong way.
I mean, people are free to eat their food however they want, but this just goes against all logic, doesn’t it?
Check it out:
does….justin bieber not know how… burritos work ? pic.twitter.com/WWKP2ttARe
— Ryan Bassil (@ryanbassil) October 25, 2018
Is this some cool, Canadian way of tucking into food, namely Mexican? Or has fame eroded any sense of normality for Biebs that he genuinely doesn’t know to eat a burrito?
One online commenter wrote in response: ‘Cannot trust Justin Bieber if he is eating burritos like this.’
Another said: My next true crime story is about this photo of Justin Bieber eating a burrito sideways.’
Is the burrito incident connected to the head shaving incident? Is Justin Bieber merely paying homage to his pop singer heroes? Or did he finally realise he’ll never look like Posty (probably a blessing in disguise) without going whole hog and getting some face tats? Only Beliebers have the answers…
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Charlie Cocksedge is a journalist at UNILAD. He graduated from the University of Manchester with an MA in Creative Writing, where he learnt how to write in the third person, before getting his NCTJ. His work has also appeared in such places as The Guardian, PN Review and the bin.