OK, I’ll admit it. I’m 28 years old and I’m a Belieber.
That’s right, I’m a Justin Bieber fan. No, I’m not ashamed. I stopped being ashamed of my taste in music back in the ’90s when I fell head-over-heels in love with the Backstreet Boys, Ricky Martin, N’Sync, and 98 Degrees.
People made fun of me then, and they can keep making fun of me now.
Why I’m a Justin Bieber Fan
I should clarify: I’m not the type of Justin Bieber fan that goes to his concerts and buys his merchandise. That’s just not me – plus, it’s pretty creepy.
I’m a Justin Bieber fan because he’s the epitome of the American dream (or Canadian dream, in his case.) Here’s a kid that grew up just about as far from Hollywood and the music business as you could imagine and managed to transform his love for making music into YouTube – and now worldwide – stardom.
I love that Justin Bieber symbolizes my childhood dream – and the dreams of any kid who hoped for success, whether that was music, sports or nuclear physics. Plus, he seems like just an all-around good kid.
So, yes – I’ll be in the audience this Friday when “Never Say Never” opens in theaters. I promised to take my six-year-old niece who has a bad case of Bieber fever. Truth told? I’d go with or without her – I’m looking forward to hearing his story and feeling inspired to achieve my dreams even now.
Adult Beliebers: I’m Not the Only One!
I’m far from the only adult Justin Bieber fan out there. I’ve talked to dozens of adults – both men and women – who are planning to see “Never Say Never” this weekend. Some are even planning their whole nights around it.
“My coworker, Jessica Busch, and I are two adults who have Bieber Fever. We turn up his songs on Pandora, YouTube his videos to listen to at work and yes, we have it in our Outlook calendars to see “Never Say Never” when it comes out,” New York City resident Esther Akutekha said. “We are well aware that we will be the only people above 13 without children in the theater, but we don’t care.”
Steven Latimer of Charlottesville, Va. agreed.
“I had the pleasure of seeing Justin Bieber in Norfolk last year when he went on tour. I feel that while I may be much older than the average Justin Bieber fan, but the enduring values of hard work, talent and motivation that Justin Bieber displays are universal and transcend all age groups,” Latimer said. “I’m planning to see “Never Say Never” right after it opens.”
San Francisco resident Katie Caughman’s love for the Biebs started as a joke.
“I was introduced to Justin Bieber in 2010 through a Secret Santa exchange. A co-worker and I used to joke about liking Justin Bieber music (we were clearly too “old” to like the same music as pre-teen girls), but when we did our office Secret Santa exchange, she surprised me with Justin’s CD “My World 2.0.” We had a good laugh, but when I listened to the CD and actually liked what I heard, the joke was on me; I had Bieber Fever,” Caughman, 23, recalled.
But her love for Justin Beiber doesn’t stop at his music.
“Have you seen his hair? It’s become iconic.”