Justin Bieber Gives Up Drinking for… Tennis?
Controversial singer Justin Bieber has made plenty of headlines over the last few years for his drug use, among other things, but has reportedly opted for a “healthier” lifestyle in recent weeks.
The Canadian crooner has reportedly ditched drugs and alcohol for tennis and cycling, hoping that a new exercise kick will help repair his tattered image. He was photographed playing tennis with an instructor in L.A. a few weeks ago.
“Justin has been boasting to his friends about his new healthy lifestyle,” said a source to The Sun. “He no longer drinks and has stopped eating junk food, too. He’s had a difficult few months and is hoping that this will give him a fresh start.”
It’s safe to say that Bieber would like a do-over on 2014. He was arrested in Miami in January for drunk driving, resisting arrest, and driving without a valid license after being pulled over for drag racing in a rented Lamborghini. After failing a roadside sobriety test, he told the arresting officer he had been drinking alcohol, smoking marijuana, and taking undisclosed prescription drugs.
He refused to accept a plea deal which called for six to nine months of probation and random drug tests. Bieber also refused to accept an alcohol education course because he was concerned about becoming a public spectacle.
A police raid of his home that same month turned up two bags of marijuana and five empty bottles of codeine. Last March, a leaked deposition video showed the singer admitting that he had been using Xanax without a prescription. Sources also claimed that his use of marijuana and Sizzurp, a concoction made from prescription cough syrup, hard candy and sugary soft drinks, had increased significantly and that Bieber was “constantly high” while recording new music.
Signs of Bieber’s reported issues with drugs began to surface last year. During 2013, his tour bus was busted for drugs two separate times; once in Stockholm and again at the Canadian border. Police found marijuana and drug paraphernalia on the bus in both instances, but no charges were filed because the bus was empty at the time of both raids.
While it’s possible that Bieber may be tempted to drink or use drugs again, he won’t be able to use Sizzurp anymore. The prescription cough syrup most commonly tied to the concoction has been permanently pulled from shelves. Pharmaceutical company Actavis decided to discontinue their Promethazine Codeine cough syrup after several rappers posted photos of the bottle on their Instagram accounts and referred to it as “purple drank” or lean.”
The cough syrup sold for $800 on the black market prior to being discontinued, but the price has drastically increased since then.