The Canadian pop star was signed by manager Scooter Braun after being spotted on YouTube
Justin Bieber allegedly lived in the US illegally at the start of his music career, according to his manager.
The pop star was born and raised in Ontario, Canada, and was signed by manager Scooter Braun after he spotted the then-teenager on YouTube.
Braun brought Bieber and his mum Pattie Mallette to America as the star began his career, but he said the mother and son were forced to live illegally under his name. “When I first struck out on my own, I was 24 and I had saved enough money to last me for 13 months,” Braun told Variety.
“I had Justin and his mum living illegally – don’t tell Donald Trump this – in a townhouse under my name. I was paying all their bills.”
The manager said he was about to “go broke” after 11 months, instead of the 13 he had planned to be financially sorted for. Around that time, his father called him and during the conversation, Braun admitted that he “was a failure”.
“He gave me some really good advice,” Braun said. “He said, ‘You came this far, you’ve got two more months, see it through.'”
Earlier this year, Braun discussed his working relationship with Bieber and revealed that he had feared the singer might die in 2013 and 2014.
During that period, Bieber had some much-publicised troubles, including arrests, charges for assault and dangerous driving, and controversial videos.