Justin Bieber has been regularly broadcasting from his living room as he and his wife, Hailey Bieber, embrace isolation and social distancing during the global coronavirus pandemic. This Sunday (April 5), he opted to host an extremely casual talk show of sorts on Instagram, where he livestreamed his chats with Kehlani, Lil Pump, Kendall Jenner and other pals for over an hour on Live With Biebs.
“A lot of us get held back by our fear and just get in our heads, so I’m going to be talking to some successful people who I respect and love from all avenues,” he said when the livestream kicked off at 12 p.m. PT. “We’re going to talk to people about what they enjoy and what’s getting them through quarantine.”
He faced a few technical difficulties and no-shows (including Chance The Rapper, who was apparently scheduled to appear), but the activity made for some low-key entertainment both for Bieber and his fans. Using their respective phones and calling in via video, Bieber and his guests talked about everything from their childhood projects to opinions on the Biebers’ marriage.
Kehlani was the first up, and her daughter Adeya joined her as she and Bieber dug into her early passions: she was a dancer before she was a singer, and she told her collaborator that had she not sustained a knee injury when she was younger, she may be professionally dancing right now instead of singing. “I didn’t start really singing until I couldn’t dance, because I’ve always been focusing on one thing majorly at a time,” she said. “I don’t think I would’ve focused heavily on music if I was still dancing.” Kehlani also shared that she’s been spending isolation transforming her garage into her at-home studio.
Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews called in next. The friends dished about their favorite Netflix series: Bieber is suspicious of Carole Baskin in The Tiger King (“All the family thinks Carole [Baskin] did it, which to me says something”), he’s a fan of Love Is Blind (“The concept of not seeing somebody, that would be difficult for me — I’m a very physical person”) and Ozark as well. Jenner was next to connect, and she spent her video call with Hailey and Justin reminiscing about Coachella memories as the supermodel and Keeping Up With The Kardashians star flipped through her personal photos of them all at the festival and elsewhere.
But before that, Bieber asked her what she thought of his and Hailey’s love story: “Did you see this coming?” “Honestly, no!” she replied. “I think I hoped — obviously Hails is my lady, my best friend, and I wanted it so bad for both of you. It just makes me really happy.”
Lil Pump later appeared on the split screen with no eyebrows — they’ve been freshly shorn off — and Bieber called attention to them immediately: “You know my wife would destroy me if I cut my eyebrows off!” (Lil Pump encouraged him to consider it: “Just do one!”) Lil Pump has also been The Tiger King, and has perfected his Joe Exotic impression. Bieber asked him about what he’s currently working on, and the “Gucci Gang” rapper revealed that he’s working on his upcoming album and will be “dropping something soon.”
Watch selections from Bieber’s IG Live below.
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