A day after controversial photos of Justin Bieber hit the web, the singer tweeted an apology to his fans, writing he is “Trying to be better” and noting,“ I never want to let any of you down.”
In the images, believed to have been taken on Jan. 2, the singer is seen partying at a Newport Beach hotel and smoking what appears to be weed.
US reports, the superstar’s manager, Scooter Braun, has gone to great lengths to maintain a “squeaky clean image” for his client and has said he holds Bieber, 18, to a very “high standard” when it comes to his behavior.
The leaked photos came under even more scrutiny than they normally would have, because just the day before, a paparazzo was killed while trying to snap a photo of Bieber’s white Ferrari.
The singer was reportedly not in the vehicle when the incident took place. Instead, his best friend and fellow party-goer, rapper Lil Twist, is said to have been in the sports car.
The photographer was hit by another car when he exited his vehicle on a busy Los Angeles street to try and get a shot of the Ferrari.
After the tragic accident, Bieber tweeted condolences to the man’s family, saying his “thoughts and prayers” were with them.