The news of Justin Bieber's arrest on suspicion of DUI and drag racing in Miami Beach early Thursday sent fans and detractors into a Twitter frenzy.
According to police, the pop star admitted to consuming alcohol and prescription medications and smoking marijuana. Bieber was driving a rented yellow Lamborghini. The officer who made the arrest said the car was going approximately 55 to 60 mph in a 30 mph zone.
On Twitter, Beliebers were quick to jump to the pop star's defense with many seemingly unable to grasp the notion that the tween hearthrob had in fact been jailed. Others, less shocked by the reports, wrote of their surprise that it had not happened sooner. And the reaction to Bieber's grinning mug shot drew comments of disbelief and mirth.
"Guys I will die if Justin goes to jail...this can't be happening please someone wake me up from this nightmare," Diana (@jdrewbiebssz) tweeted.
@Justinismyboy wrote: "I don't defend him for the stuff he does wrong, but I won't leave him"
"RT if you will be with Justin forever and ever," said @jdbchickz.
Belieber @MyCanadianSide attempted to explain the reason behind the wide grin on the "Baby" singer's mugshot: "The only reason Justin Bieber smiled in the mugshot was bec he knew that all of us would see it and he wanted to pretend as if he was okay"
the one who saved me now needs to be saved.. :(
— isnt she lovely (@neondrxw) January 23, 2014
imagine you not coming home to “Justin Bieber got arrested'' but to “Justin Bieber died in a car accident” open your eyes he's so lucky
— here for justin (@LostinJDB) January 23, 2014
NO NO NO NO THIS CAN'T BE HAPPENING PLEASE GOD HELP HIM HELP US OMG I'M CRYING �������� Justin we need u we don't wanna lose you
— Pjeshka (@SweetieDaBiebs) January 23, 2014
Many Twitter users expressed surprise such an occurance hadn't happened sooner:
The cop who arrested Justin Bieber will receive three trillion high-fives today.
— Alex J. Mann (@alexjmann) January 23, 2014
And the award for least surprising news story ever goes to... Justin Bieber getting a DUI!
— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) January 23, 2014
— Jason Hawes (@Jchawes) January 23, 2014
Ultimately, it was Bieber's smiling mug shot that continued to keep the baby-faced crooner atop the Twitter trending list:
"justin bieber the boy who doesnt smile in meet and greets but smiles in his mugshot," wrote Sarah (@naturallydrews)
— Maria Quiban (@mariasearth) January 23, 2014
— Trevor Boris (@TrevorBoris) January 23, 2014
My facebook post about WW1 diaries gets seen by 5,000 people. My post about Justin Bieber gets seen by 90,000 people. I give up.
— Ari Shapiro (@arishapiro) January 23, 2014
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) January 23, 2014
Can't hate, I did exactly what Justin Bieber did at 19. Except drinking, drugs & I was driving mom's Plymouth wagon. pic.twitter.com/pFXsPwRCjK
— Spike (@loudspike) January 23, 2014
Season 2 of Orange is the New Black starring Justin Bieber
— Malia (@MA5LIA) January 23, 2014