Can Justin Bieber Afford to Push the Paps?

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Back in May, with beautiful girlfriend Selena Gomez by his side, Justin Bieber allegedly got into a brawl with a paparazzo outside of the Calabasas Commons in Calabasas, California. On Tuesday, the "Believe" singer pushed a London paparazzo out of the way so that he could get to his limo.

Do we see a pattern here? More importantly, is it the right one for the pop star? Pushy photographers can get…well… pushy. And there's a strong case to be made to push a paparazzo right back. But, on the other hand, it's these annoying photographers who help to keep a pop star in the spotlight in the first place.

There are musicians who avoid attention at all cost and who put all their focus on their music, but the Bieb isn't one of them. He likes his face on magazine covers. He likes award shows. He likes the attention.

Bieber has amassed over 27 million Twitter followers, many of whom beg him to retweet their tweets, but how popular is the Canadian really? When he arrived on the scene in 2009 with "My World," he was 15. Now he's 18, and although it's only been three years, three years can mean 30 years in superstar shelf-life time.

The cutesy bowl haircut is gone; he's got a steady girlfriend; he's becoming a man. When he started in the business, it was his teenage talents that got him to the top.

As Jimmy Durante once said, "Be nice to people on your way up because you meet them on your way down." Scooter Braun's client has got plenty of money and plenty of "Beliebers," for now. But no one knows how he will navigate the future.

Do it wrong and he won't have to worry about the paparazzi. They won't be interested.

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