January 6, 2013 13:06

Justin Bieber pledges to 'try better' after alleged marijuana smoking photo published

US gossip website claims the picture they obtained shows the pop squirt smoking marijuana

Justin Bieber pledges to 'try better' after alleged marijuana smoking photo published

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Justin Bieber has said he is "trying to be better" after photos allegedly showing him smoking a marijuana joint are published.

US gossip website, TMZ, claim the pictures they have obtained from an anonymous source shows the teen pop star "clutching a smouldering blunt" while at a party inside a hotel room in Newport Beach.

Since the photos were published, Bieber has taken to Twitter to speak directly to his fans, many of whom are young, in a bizarre series of emotional tweets that appear to be in relation to past wrongdoings. However, he doesn't directly refer to the alleged weed smoking photos.

He tweeted:



According to TMZ, Lil Twist, a rapper friend of Justin Bieber's, was with the pop star in his hotel room when the pictures were taken. The photos were allegedly taken the day after a photographer was killed trying to take a picture of Bieber's white Ferrari. Lil Twist was driving the car which was pulled over for speeding, providing a photo opportunity for the photographer who was then fatally knocked down at the side of the road.

Since the accident, Justin Bieber has called for tougher laws involving paparazzi photographers.

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