Justin Bieber is growing up before our very eyes! The hair sweeping cute is no longer the innocent teen from Ontario. Now, the Biebs is all superstar and teen angst. Need proof? Well, he flipped off photographers a few weeks ago when he was out with rumored girlfriend Selena Gomez.
Now, Bieber unleashed a Twitter tirade against paparazzi while in Israel on tour. He started out with a simple request.
"Just amazing place...not a bad day. Just wish got a little more space and privacy from the paps to enjoy this time with my family. Thanks," he tweeted. "I'm in the holy land and I am grateful for that. I just want to have the same personal experience that others have here."
His patience wore thin after photographers and fans followed him into religious landmarks
"You would think paparazzi would have some respect in holy places. All I wanted was the chance to walk where Jesus did here in Israel," he wrote in another tweet. "They should be ashamed of themselves. Take pictures of me eating but not in a place of prayer, ridiculous."
"People wait their whole lives for opportunities like this, why would they want to take that experience away from someone," he tweeted. "Staying in the hotel for the rest of the week u happy?"
The Biebs isn't the first celeb to unload on paparazzi - and some have even got downright violent with the photogs in their faces.
Chris Martin, Coldplay lead singer and Gwyneth Paltrow's husband, is known for his angry outbursts at paparazzi photographers. One violent incident happened in Australia in 2003 when Martin waited for a photographer to take a break. Then the Coldplay stud smashed the pap's car windshield and slashed his tires. Charges were later dropped.
Another incident happened in London in 2008. Photographers were following the singer when he instigated an attack.
"He just started chasing after one of them. He caught up to him, grabbed him and knocked the photographer to the ground," one witness said. "There was no provocation for the attack, no reason. Martin just went after him," said the onlooker.
"Give it back to him, you jerk," a videographer yelled at Martin as he recorded the attack. "What a jerk - and you're supposed to be a father."
Former "American Idol" runner-up Adam Lambert got sick of a photographer following him in Miami in September 2010, so he took matters into his own hands. Lambert, 28, slapped the photographer as other paps looked on.
"Eeew paparazzi killed my peaceful afternoon on the beach!" Lambert tweeted after the altercation. "They're real good at provoking, but there ain't any pics or video of the bs they spew out."
"Haha the photos are hilarious!!! LOL please everyone forgive me for that hat," he continued. "I was attempting a disguise -- clearly failed."
Paparazzi cameras caught Britney Spears at the lowest point of her meltdown in early 2007. The singer, fresh off her head-shaving incident, attacked a paparazzo's car with an umbrella as she attempted to see her children, Sean Preston and Jayden James.
She later tried to apologize for the attack, saying it was in preparation for a movie role.
"I apologize to the pap for a stunt that was done 4 months ago regarding an umbrella," Spears wrote on her website in 2007.
"I was preparing my character for a role in a movie where the husband never plays his part so they switch places accidentally," she continued. "I take all my roles very seriously and got a little carried away. Unfortunately I didn't get the part."
Well, she gets points for her original excuse.
Icelandic singer Bjork instigated one of the oddest attacks in journalist vs. celebrity history. The singer was walking out of a Thailand airport in 1996 when a reporter said "Welcome to Thailand." Something about the sentence must have set Bjork off, because she unleashed a violent attack on the surprised reporter.
That wasn't the last time. Bjork also attacked a New Zealand photographer in 2008.
"I took a couple of pictures and I got about three or four frames of her ... and as I turned and walked away she came up behind me, grabbed the back of my black skivvy (t-shirt) and tore it down the back," the photographer said after the incident. "As she did this she fell over, she fell to the ground. At no stage did I touch her or speak with her. Bjork said nothing throughout the incident but the man with her was saying: 'B, don't do this, B, don't do this! "'
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