Justin Bieber Stopped at LAX For Questioning: Details
Not so fast! Justin Bieber was stopped earlier at LAX airport, a source confirms to Us Weekly. The "Boyfriend" singer arrived at the airport after a recent trip to Asia on Thursday, April 24. Bieber flew Singapore Air and landed at 1 p.m. PST. His bodyguards waited outside as the star completed routine secondary questioning.
"It was a routine secondary set of questioning that Justin has to go through now every time he comes back in the country because he's a foreign national," a source close to the singer clarifies to Us. "It's standard, especially after he has had other legal issues in the U.S. in the past."
The latest development comes just one week after the White House responded to a petition that requested the U.S. government deport the Canadian native. At the time, the letter was in response to 20-year-old Bieber's DUI arrest in Miami on Jan. 23.
"Sorry to disappoint, but we won't be commenting on this one," the White House said in a statement on April 18. "We'll leave it to others to comment on Mr. Bieber’s case, but we're glad you care about immigration issues. Because our current system is broken. Too many employers game the system by hiring undocumented workers, and 11 million people are living in the shadows."
Bieber's recent trip to Asia wasn't controversial-free, either. The singer received major backlash when he posted a snapshot from inside the city's Yasukuni Shrine, a memorial that honors lost lives during World War II. "Thank you for your blessings," he wrote on April 23. He later apologized, saying he was "mislead to think the Shrines were only a place of prayer."
The global pop sensation's latest excursion follows his surprise performance with rapper Chance at Coachella in Indio, Calif., on April 13. There, he reunited with on-again, off-again girlfriend Selena Gomez. "Justin took the lead and was escorting Selena through the all-access area," an onlooker told Us. During a Calvin Harris performance "they were dancing slow right next to each other, swaying around."