Justin Bieber is 18

The international singing sensation celebrates his birthday today and is officially a man

MANILA, Philippines – Justin Bieber is officially a man.

The YouTube singer turned international superstar is finally 18 years old.

Bieber’s March 1 birthday spurred trending topics on Twitter both worldwide and locally, as fans greeted the young heartthrob a happy birthday.

March also marks the month that Bieber – who has a cultish following of adoring fans all over the world – is slated to release the first single of his upcoming third album, Believe.

Gifts and wishes

Other singers have shared their wishes for the birthday boy as reported by Fuse.

Travie McCoy of the band Gym Class Hero warned Bieber, who is now old enough to smoke legally in the United States, to stay away from cigarettes.

“You can buy cigarettes, but don’t start smoking,” he said. “It’s a slippery slope, Biebs.”

Adam Lambert of American Idol stardom advised Bieber to spend his special day with his loved ones.

“The best parties are always with people you really care about and love,” he said.

Meanwhile, Bieber’s manager, Scooter Braun, who discovered the Canadian hitmaker on YouTube in 2008, gifted his talent a $100,000 electric car at the Ellen DeGeneres show.

“You work really, really hard,” said Braun before presenting Bieber with his surprise gift. “We wanted to make sure since you love cars that when you’re on the road you are always environmentally friendly and we decided to get you a car that would make you stand out.”

The electric car is the latest addition to his motor collection that includes a customized Range Rover.

Twitter reactions

As of publishing time, #HappyBirthdayKidrauhl was the the second trending topic in the Philippines.

Kidrauhl was the name of Bieber’s YouTube channel even before he became a star.

Bieber fans who call themselves Beliebers, turned to Twitter to send their wishes to their idol.

Bieber, who was the first music artist to have seven songs from a debut album make it on the Billboard Hot 100, has a massive following on social media where he first started playing his music.

The British newspaper The Observer, has published a report stating that the young musician has more online influence than Barack Obama or the Dalai Lama. – Rappler.com

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