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Missy Franklin Is No Longer a Belieber: Sorry, Justin

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Missy and Justin early last year. Additional photos and more below.
Could it be the beginning of the end for Justin Bieber? The diminutive Canuck heartthrob has spent the last year-plus making more idiotic headlines than hits -- and now, even Olympic gold medalist and self-confessed superfan Missy Franklin is distancing herself from him.

Oh, how times have changed.

See also: Photo: Missy Franklin and Justin Bieber, Together Again for the First Time

Back in July 2012, shortly after the Colorado fave won the 100 meter backstroke during the London games, Bieber gave her something she appeared to treasure every bit as much as that gold medal: this congratulatory tweet:

Franklin promptly responded on her own Twitter account with off-the-charts effusiveness:

As we noted, Franklin continued to collect baubles after that, and during an interview with Bob Costas, she learned that Bieber had promised they'd meet. This pledge was kept in January 2013 during a Denver concert, as Franklin confirmed on her Twitter feed.

Here's the accompanying photo:

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Justin looks a little blunted in the shot, even though he's not holding the sort of "cigarette" captured in the following TMZ image:

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Since then, however, Bieber's douchebaggery (exemplified by a criminal charge for egging a neighbor's house) has reached new heights. And Franklin, who's now a wizened nineteen, has had enough.

During a Tuesday press conference advancing this year's national swimming championship meet, she reportedly responded to a question about her Bieber fandom with this quote: "I don't agree with all of his life decisions lately, so I've moved on a little from that."

A true Belieber no more.

Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.


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27 comments
James T. Knight
James T. Knight

Kill it! Kill it before it breeds!! [referring to Justin Bieber]

Dominic Fante
Dominic Fante

What the fuck Westword? There's so much good stuff happening in Denver right now and THIS is what you focus your writing on?!?

Renee Ortiz
Renee Ortiz

Are you kidding me with these bullshit stories???

Riley Nolan
Riley Nolan

I guess being one of the greatest athletes in the world can't even help people from your own state remember your name...

Sarah Hartner Behnen
Sarah Hartner Behnen

Missy Franklin is the gold medal swimmer in high school and deserves respect for her character and her accomplishments. If you didn't/don't know who she is then you should google her name instead of insulting her. in my opinion.

Jimmy Hersh
Jimmy Hersh

Seriously? Which jr high is writing this? Is this some joke?

Claudia McGee
Claudia McGee

who is Missy Franklin? I'm confused..he's a short, dumb arse. why do we care? I don;t know that I have EVER heard anything he sings...so, wtf??? and I have kids.....lots of them..its not like I'm not exposed to amazing music daily...

Eric Drown
Eric Drown

We should all boycott the westword!! Who is with me?!?

Eric Drown
Eric Drown

Westword = same as every place in denver... Used to be cool until the fucking hipsters got a hold of it and made it god awfully lame with these mind numbing, waste of brain space article..

Jeremy Coss
Jeremy Coss

Oh no. Someone grew out of shitty music. Let's write an article

Virgil Dunn
Virgil Dunn

TMZ still hasn't called back Mikey Roberts, it appears.

Samantha Leigh
Samantha Leigh

Get a freaking real day job if this is what you are putting up as real articles!

Irina Anastacia
Irina Anastacia

Is there no editor at westward? how does this irrelevant bullshit get through?

Julia Blackmon
Julia Blackmon

I can't believe this is even a story. who the fuck cares?

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