Justin Bieber’s squeaky-clean image has taken a toll in the last year — and now, a former family friend who had a front-row seat to the pop star’s rise to fame exclusively reveals to In Touch who’s to blame for Justin’s increasingly bad behavior: his father, Jeremy Bieber.
“Jeremy loves his kids more than anything, but he’s enabling Justin’s partying,” Cory Bernier exclusively tells In Touch, on newsstands now. “When Justin was 18, I saw Jeremy give him [the prescription painkiller] Percocet. He said, ‘Try one of these, son,’” Cory claims, adding that, “Justin liked the feeling and decided to go four-wheeling after taking it and ended up crashing into a pond.”
That was only the beginning. In the years that followed, Justin and Jeremy “would smoke weed and drink together,” Cory claims.
But Cory hopes his former friend wakes up soon before it gets worse. “Jeremy loves to party and is being a friend to Justin, not a father,” he tells In Touch. “Justin needs guidance right now. He needs someone who will say ‘no’ — not someone who’s joining in with him.”