Justin Bieber Speaks Out Amid Alleged Drug Photos: I'm 'Trying To Be Better'

January 5, 2013
Justin Bieber shows off his shades as he attends the 40th American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre on November 18, 2012 in Los Angeles -- Getty Images

Justin Bieber delivered a message to his fans on Saturday after photos surfaced online showing the 18-year-old star holding what appears to be a marijuana joint.

"Everyday growing and learning. Trying to be better," the "Beauty and the Beat" singer Tweeted on Saturday, after TMZ posted photos of the Biebs partying with friends, clutching what the website alleges is "a smoldering blunt." "U get knocked down, u get up.

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"Back on tour tomorrow. Ready to see u all smile. Time to do what I'm supposed to be doing. Performing," he added.

The pop superstar didn't address the photos directly, but thanked his more than 32 million Twitter followers for their support through "new challenges."

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"I see all of u. I hear all of u. I never want to let any of you down. I love u and thank u," he wrote.

"Like I said... 2013... new challenges. New doubters... I'm ready. We are ready."

-- Erin O'Sullivan

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