Justin Bieber's Rep Explains Spitting Pictures, Says Singer Wasn't Spitting on Fans

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Justin Bieber has given his fans a lot of things over the years, but a mouthful of saliva isn't one of them. Last week, the 19-year-old singer made headlines when TMZ posted photos of the star spitting over a balcony in Toronto, Canada, along with pictures of a group of Beliebers looking up at him from the sidewalk -- a pairing that led people to speculate that Bieber was spitting on the crowd. But that speculation is wrong, his rep tells Us Weekly exclusively.

"Justin didn't spit on anyone. No fans were below the balcony," his rep says. "In fact, earlier in the day, Justin bought his fans hot chocolate and played them some of his new music. Justin loves his fans."

(Indeed, Bieber posted a video on Instagram of the crowd earlier that same day, writing: "I wake up this morning to this. :) best fans in the world. #beliebers #sexyfans.")

"At what point are we going to start demanding that journalists actually fact check?" his rep says. "And at what point does the media have to have some kind of standard or some kind of integrity?"

Bieber, for his part, is keeping quiet about the incident on Twitter -- but he's been busy with other things. On Saturday, July 27, he attended a birthday party for on-again, off-again girlfriend Selena Gomez in Malibu, Calif.