Bieber’s career is a question mark right now, although three recently released songs have been well received.
Ellen will keep him in the spotlight all week leading up to the release Nov. 13 of his fourth studio album, Purpose. The lead single, “What Do You Mean?”, was his first to hit No. 1, so the album should do well and help re-establish his musical cred.
Beyond that, most of the publicity has been negative. An 18-month spate of loutish behavior and several arrests turned him into a polarizing figure. Despite making amends, he continues to disappoint.
He stormed off stage during a concert in Norway last month, while it was being filmed for a television special. He has since apologized.
In the latest incident, he was spotted in Cannes, France over the weekend, flipping over a table and storming out of a restaurant. He later said over Twitter he was reacting to some bad personal news.
Perhaps, Ellen will find out what that was. But right off the bat, she went for the most salacious headline; the Biebs full-frontal naked while on vacation in Bora Bora.
The big question: Was the photo-op real, or staged? Ellen, of course, doesn’t go there.
But you may recall, Justin was caught up in another flap over his man-member. His crotch appeared to be digitally enlarged in a series of Calvin Klein underwear ads. So, the Biebs had something to prove.
According to the photos, allegedly taken without his permission, he appears to be packing.
Justin told Ellen he was blindsided by the photographer. He said he only realized what happened two days later. His manager Scooter Braun broke the news: “Your penis is on the Internet,” he said.
“The first thing I saw was the censored one and it had like the black thing over it. And I was like, ‘Oh my goodness, I don’t know what this is gonna look like,’ and then it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was gonna be…. It wasn’t as terrible,” he said.
To the contrary, he couldn’t have asked for better publicity to clear up questions about his manhood. The only issue on Gawker was whether he’d “fluffed it” beforehand, knowing photographers were lurking.
“I’m no expert, but I heard it was good,” joked DeGeneres, who is openly lesbian. She got that right.
Meanwhile, Gomez is the only other positive press he’s getting. Their on-again, off-again relationship, appears to be on-again. Conveniently, it’s just as his new album is hitting the street.
They may not be lovers, but at the very least they’re talking and acting like friends. They were both spotted at Kendall Jenner’s 20th birthday party last week.
It’s hard to get over the impression that Justin uses Selena like a wet dishrag. Whenever his image needs some polishing, she miraculously materializes, even when he’s cavorting with another woman, Jayde Pierce, in Bora Bora.
But Selena’s definitely on his mind. Bieber confirmed reports that his three latest songs, “What Do You Mean?”, “Sorry,” and “Mark My Words” were inspired by Gomez.
He says the breakup was “tough” because TV shows, certain smells and other things constantly remind him of her.
Ellen couldn’t let that one slip by. I hope you didn’t tell the “girl in Bora Bora that stuff,” she quipped.
Talk about keeping fans, not to mention Selena, dangling, Bieber left open the possibility they could get back together. “Maybe,” he said.
“We have a lot of history together, and so I am sure, I mean, it could possibly happen.
“I think we’re both just on our own journeys of just figuring ourselves out, and I think maybe once we figure ourselves out, we can come together and make an awesome duo, or she’ll find someone awesome, and I’ll find someone awesome. I just want her to be happy, honestly,” he says.
What a guy.
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