Op-Ed: Bieber Fever is back and better than ever

By Isabelle Kantz

Many are aware of Canadian singer/songwriter Justin Bieber’s downward spiral that occurred from early 2014 to mid 2015, where Bieber was charged with D.U.I. arrests, possession of drugs and was a general disturbance to the public. Despite his past actions, Bieber has owned up to the damage he has caused, which has sparked the revival of “Bieber Fever.”

In Jan. 2014, a viral online petition requested Bieber be deported from America and have his green card revoked. The petition received 273,968 signatures and even struck the attention of the White House.

Needless to say, Bieber was certainly not the most loved artist at the time. However, Bieber has undeniably regained popularity with his first studio album in more than three years, “Purpose.”

On Nov. 15, a record-breaking amount of 17 songs from “Purpose” held positions on Billboard’s Hot 100 track list, a weekly record of the top 100 most popular songs in America. The Beatles had previously held the record for most songs in the top 100 with a total of 14 tracks on the weekly list, according to Forbes.

The “Purpose” album has also beat out One Direction’s most recent album, “Made in the A.M.,” with 649,000 and 459,000 total copies sold in their first week, respectively.

Justin Bieber hosts ” An Evening with Justin Bieber” at the STAPLES Center to celebrate the release of his new album with some fans. The event consisted of Bieber performing a few songs from the album, chatting with fans and presenting exclusive videos. Photographer: Seaf Hartley ’16

In a world of teen stars gone mad once they grow up, it is refreshing to see that someone can make a comeback after having gone down that path — and an impressive comeback at that.

Many stars who have gone down a bad path like mid 2007 Britney Spears or post 2012 Amanda Bynes hardly come close to regaining their spot in stardom.

But Bieber couldn’t regain his fame without a proper apology. He posted a video to his official Facebook page on Jan. 28, 2015, where he apologized for his actions during the past year and a half. In the video, Bieber opened up about his past behavior and said “often we pretend to be something we’re not as a cover up of what we’re truly feeling inside. And there was a lot of feelings going on in there.”

“Just being young and growing up in this business is hard. Just growing up in general is hard,” Bieber added. Since then, he has apologized many more times for his actions and his past immaturity.

Though to some it may seem like the result of a good P.R. manager, Bieber’s apology and regret seem genuine.

As a shameless — although now retired — Bieber fan, I feel nothing but pride when I see how far Bieber has come. He hit rock bottom and made his way back to the top with a newfound sense of responsibility and modesty. There is a refreshing honesty in Bieber’s apologies as well. Rather than making up excuses for his actions, he allowed himself to be vulnerable and explained his wrongdoings.

Young stars nowadays could learn a thing or two from Bieber about how to come back from such a dark tumble. He has been an excellent example of how to graciously own up to your mistakes and face the consequences provided.

While listening to his new album “Purpose,” the fourth song on the track list caught my attention. Titled “Sorry,” this upbeat, dance-inducing song encompasses all the realness and strength of Bieber’s apologies. In the song, Bieber asks if it is “too late now to say sorry” and for “one more shot at forgiveness.”

Although some are still hesitant to forgive Bieber, many of the singer’s fans from before his downfall have returned to him and are glad he’s back, myself included.