STRATFORD, Ont. - Attention Justin Bieber fans: His grandparents are reading your mail.
As Bieber Fever hits pandemic proportions the teen sensation’s grandparents are trying to live quietly in Justin's hometown of Stratford, Ont.
For the most part they’ve been successful, but some of the frenzied love from tween girls heaped on their grandson has found its way to their door.
Much has been made of the singer’s humble beginnings in Stratford, though he’s now based out of Atlanta. Fans hoping to reach him send letters addressed to “Justin Bieber, Stratford.” In a bigger city, the letters would never get through the sorting process, but Stratford is small and those letters land in his grandparents’ mailbox a couple of times a month, said Justin’s grandmother Diane, who preferred her last name not be used to keep the chaos at bay.
“If I sent mail somewhere else with no address on it I don’t think it would get there,” she said with a laugh.
The love letters imploring her grandson to call, write or e-mail have come from all over the world including Germany and England.
“He’s a worldwide phenomenon and everybody in Stratford is aware of who he is,” said Tom Creech, spokesperson for Canada Post. “In terms of proper addressing in situations like that there’s a bit of leeway.” Justin’s grandmother reads his mail because he’s away for long periods and it could be something important. Mostly though, the letters are full of “hugs and kisses.” “It’s really funny,” she said.
Justin’s meteoric rise to superstar status right across the globe has been a surreal experience for his family.
The 16-year-old heartthrob was been named one of People magazine’s most beautiful people on Wednesday.
To his grandparents, that only means the phone numbers and e-mail addresses decorated with hearts will keep coming.
When Justin celebrated his birthday March 1, his grandparents got calls from fans wanting to know if they could send presents to their home. The answer was no.
“I don’t get bothered too badly," Diane said. "The odd one comes to the door looking for autographs but I have nothing to do with that. I’m just a grandma.”
28 April 2010
This is totally awesome!! but not unexpected. Justin has made it to People Magazine’s Most Beautiful 2010 list coming in at #11.
If this list was based on inner beauty he'd be #1.
Justin Bieber #11
The secret to the singer’s “swoosh”? “I spend five minutes on it,” he says.”I use shampoo, conditioner – basically whatever is in the hotel – and blow-dry.” That three-step routine has tweens swooning over the 16-year-old, who insists the do does not make the man: “It’s part of my image; it’s not who I am.”
Considering Justin Bieber is all of 16 and can sing and dance, he's sort of perfect to play a high school student on Glee.
Well, maybe not.
Matthew Morrison, who plays Mr. Schuester, isn't so keen on our idea of bringing Bieber Fever to McKinley High…
"I don't get this Bieber thing," Morrison told us last night at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' Glee panel, which was fabulously moderated by our very own TV queen, Kristin Dos Santos. "I really don't get it. I hear he was in Australia and they kicked him out because he started a riot.
"I haven't even heard his music. I couldn't tell you one name of his songs—and I'm not lying about that!"
Jane Lynch, who plays the show's resident meanie Sue Sylvester, seconds that. "Oh, honey. You're asking the wrong person these questions," Lynch said, laughing, when we brought up the Bieber idea. "I know things about artists, but I don't know about pop stars."
Kevin McHale, aka Artie, simply said, "Uh, [Bieber] seems busy. I don't know if he has the time."
The only support we were able to find last night for the "Baby" singer was from Cory Monteith, who plays singing football player Finn. "I think it would be fun," Monteith said. "What's wrong with a little Bieb? Everyone needs to be a little infected by the Biebonic plague."
Justin Bieber is upset after hordes of fans knocked over his mother and stole his hat as he tried to walk through a New Zealand airport last night.
The Canadian pop star arrived in Auckland yesterday for a concert and promotional duties. The 16-year-old was met by hundreds of screaming girls, who mobbed him and his entourage the moment they cleared customs.
In the ensuring chaos, Justin’s mother Pattie Mallette was knocked to the ground and his hat was taken, prompting an angry Justin to take to his Twitter page to urge his fans to calm down.
"Finally got to New Zealand last night. The airport was crazy. Not happy that someone stole my hat and knocked down my mama. Come on people,” Justin wrote.
"I want to be able to sign and take pics and meet my fans, but if you are all pushing, security won't let me. Let's keep it safe and have fun."
Pattie later posted her own message saying she was “OK” after the incident.
"Thanks for all ur support!! I'm ok thank you!!! (sic)," she wrote.
Justin’s arrival caused similar chaos in Australia, where police were forced to cancel his planned outdoor concert earlier this week because fans were being crushed in the rush to get into the venue. Several teenage girls were taken to hospital, with one suffering a fracture kneecap and several others fainting from hyperventilation.
Bieber’s manager Scott ‘Scooter’ Braun was recently arrested over a similar incident at a shopping centre in Long Island, New York, last November. Justin was due to perform a free concert in the mall, but police had to cancel it after fan numbers became dangerous. Scooter was accused of taking too long to inform the crowd the event was called off, thus endangering the life of Justin’s young fans.