UPDATE: Justin Bieber
Detained By Customs at
Los Angeles Airport,
Released After Several
Hours of Interrogation
Updated – April 25, 9:46 AM EST
Justin Bieber is, once again, a free man.
After being detained by U.S. customs and brought in for “routine secondary questioning” at Los Angeles International Airport for several hours on April 24, the 20-year-old has been released.
Earlier this morning, the pop star tweeted a picture of himself with a big grin—despite being swarmed by photographers—and captioned the photo: “All smiles.”
All smiles pic.twitter.com/LQqVQfaOMZ— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) April 25, 2014
Justin’s manager, Scooter Braun, shared his own tweet—telling fans, “That was a long day."
You can say that again.
That was a long day. Bring on Friday— Scooter Braun (@scooterbraun) April 25, 2014
Justin Bieber has been detained by customs at Los Angeles International Airport today, April 24, multiple sources confirm.
The controversial star was returning to America from Tokyo.
A source tells People Justin was detained "for routine secondary questioning" but was not being kept out of the country.
Reports claim he's spent at least two hours inside Tom Bradley International Terminal. His entourage is currently waiting outside for him.
His last tweet read:
Big things coming....— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) April 24, 2014
Well, it seems he was right.
The detainment comes three days after the White House responded to a petition to have the singer deported to Canada, where he's originally from.
His DUI arrest and assault charges -- among many other incidents -- have prompted people to create the petition, which has nearly 274,000 signatures.
"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."
The Biebs' recent trip to Asia was full of controversy. The singer was criticized when he posted a photo from inside the city's Yasukini Shrine, a memorial that honors those who passed away 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."