Justin Bieber has never claimed to be a role model, but some of his fans were clearly disappointed when pictures of what appear to be the singer [article id="1699735"]smoking a joint[/article] surfaced online last week.
After Bieber posted a non-specific apology on Saturday, tweeting, "Everyday growing and learning. trying to be better. u get knocked down, u get up," fans took to Twitter to respond to the latest JB scandal.
"Justin, I love you, and I don't want to see you hurt. Please stop!!!!!!!!," one fan writing under the handle luvmichael posted on MTV.com. "Justin, come on, don't let me down!! Another reason I'm a huge Belieber is because I also think you're a very good person who sets a good example to their fans," said Luvmichael in a comment posted on MTV. "You have countless fans who are very young and look up to you ... everyone makes mistakes, but let's not repeat this!!"
Another, Alexis, felt confident that this was a small slip for the 18-year-old star. "Nobody will ever be perfect and everyone makes mistakes. I seriously think it was just a one time thing. I think Justin knows he did wrong so he is learning from it."
everyday growing and learning. trying to be better. u get knocked down, u get up.— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) January 5, 2013
There were dozens of supporters weighing in on Bieber's Twitter-pology, including one who wrote, "We'll be here through thick and thin, just put your chin up and keep going," and Tomorrow, who offered, "You could never let me down. I love you and I can't wait to see you in 3 days."
A few Beliebers had a more casual response to the images. Ashley posted a note on MTV's report, arguing, "So the hell what? If he wants to smoke some weed let him smoke some weed, it is no worse than alcohol. I feel so bad for him, everyone is always picking on him for doing what he loves, tell them to suck it JB!"
On Twitter, oK also had words of encouragement, telling JB, "it's okay to smoke weed once in a while ... people are just overreacting. You're fine."