Not a belieber: Mexico says Justin Bieber lied about meeting President Nieto

By Agence France-Presse
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 11:46 EDT
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Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber performs during his concert in the Nacional Stadium in Santiago (AFP)
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Sorry Justin Bieber, Mexico’s president is apparently not a belieber.

The Canadian pop star’s controversy-filled tour of Latin America took a new twist in Mexico after Bieber’s claim that he met with President Enrique Pena Nieto was swiftly denied by the government.

Before a Mexico City show late Monday, Bieber, who calls his fans “beliebers,” wrote partially in Spanish to his 47 million followers on Twitter, saying he had met with Pena Nieto and his family.

“Just met some amazing mexican beliebers and the presidente of mexico and his familia. now it is showtime. 60,000 tonight. night 1. te amo,” the 19-year-old star wrote.

But El Presidente’s office tweeted minutes later to its 845,289 followers: “@PresidenciaMX denies a meeting between the holder of the executive @EPN and the singer @justinbieber.”

The president, it turns out, was meeting with his cabinet at his official residence of Los Pinos.

Bieber will perform again on Tuesday in the Mexican capital as part of this “Believe Tour,” which brought throngs of adoring and screeching fans outside his hotel in the ritzy district of Polanco early Monday.

The pop singer wrote to his fans: “The streets are filled. the buildings are surrounded. people are in the trees. on roofs. on cars. everywhere. MEXICO i love it! thank u.”

Bieber’s tour of the region has been plagued by scandals.

In Brazil, he was accused of spraying graffiti on a hotel’s wall.

Before heading to Mexico, he caused outrage in Argentina by stepping on an Argentine flag thrown onto the stage during a concert.

Then Argentine authorities seized his concert gear following a lawsuit filed by a photographer who sued for damages, alleging that Bieber’s bodyguards hit him and damaged his equipment as the singer was leaving a nightclub.

In Rio de Janeiro, the singer was charged with tagging the wall of an abandoned hotel, photographed leaving a notorious brothel, and thrown out of another hotel.

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