By now you’ve likely seen the Justin Bieber image that has earned him the title of “white trash prince.” In the picture (which you can see above), Bieber can be seen wearing a baggy pair of overalls with one strap hanging off a shoulder while posing for a photo op where the Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, presents him with the Diamond Jubilee Medal — an award that honors “significant contributions and achievements by Canadians.” The image earned the 18-year-old backlash almost immediately after it hit the Internet, and now he has finally stood up for the unflattering look.
“The pic of me and the Prime Minister was taken in a room in the arena where i was performing at that day,” Bieber wrote on his Webstagram account in direct response to a Daily Mail article written by a reporter named Hayley Peterson. “I walked straight from my meet and greet to him, if you ‘Hayley’ expect me to have a change of clothes let a loan a suit at that specific time that’s crazy. It wasn’t like it was like I was going into his environment we were at a hockey arena. Wow am i ever white trash hayley peterson lol.”
For his part, Harper hilariously defended Bieber as well by tweeting Sunday, “In fairness to @justinbieber, I told him I would be wearing my overalls too. #cdnpoli #beliebers.”