Justin Bieber Reacts to Alleged Pot-Smoking Photos

"I never want to let any of you down," twittered the 18-year-old, likely in response to recent photos of him that were leaked to TMZ

Has Justin Bieber been behaving badly? The pop sensation, 18, got apologetic on Twitter after TMZ published photos that appear to show him smoking marijuana.

In the pictures, taken at a house party on Jan. 2, the singer is holding a suspicious-looking cigarette while chatting with friends. One photo appears to show him exhaling. TMZ's sources claim that rapper Lil Twist and his brother were the ones rolling joints at the Newport Beach, Calif., bash, where there was "a LOT of pot smoke."

To add an extra element of scandal, the pics were taken two days after a paparazzo was killed while trailing Bieber's car -- allegedly because he'd seen Bieber smoking pot while driving earlier that day. (The singer's people have vehemently denied that the photographer saw what he thought he saw.)

Bieber has not confirmed that he was smoking weed in the photos. However, the day after they leaked, he sent out a series of semi-apologetic tweets to his fans.

"Everyday growing and learning. trying to be better. u get knocked down, u get up," Bieber wrote on Saturday. "I see all of u. i hear all of u. i never want to let any of you down," he added. "i love u. and..thank u. #beliebers"

The pop star has now returned to his Believe tour, and has recorded a last-minute song for his upcoming acoustic album. Maybe keeping busy will keep him on the straight and narrow?

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