If Anne Frank had not died a teenager in a Nazi concentration camp in 1945, Justin Bieber hopes she would have been his devoted fan.
That’s what Bieber (19) wrote in the guestbook at the Anne Frank House when he visited there on Friday, according to the Amsterdam site.
“Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a belieber,” Bieber wrote. The tourist site posted the message on its Facebook page.
Adolescent and teen girls obsessed with the Canadian singer are known as ‘Beliebers’.
Bieber, who is in the middle of a European tour, stopped by the Anne Frank House between his concert in Antwerp, Belgium, and a Saturday performance in Arnhem, Netherlands. He told fans on Twitter it was a “chill day”.
Bieber visited the house “together with his friends and guards” on Friday night, according to the site’s official Facebook page.
Frank was 13 when she and her family began hiding in a dark and damp “secret annex” of the house to escape the German roundup of Jews in Holland in July 1942. She never left the house for two years, spending much of her time writing in her diary, until she and her family were found and arrested by Nazis in August 1944. Anne Frank died of typhus in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in March 1945. Her diary survived to tell her tragic and inspiring story.
Museum defends Bieber’s comment
Amsterdam’s Anne Frank museum defended teen idol Justin Bieber amid a furore over his comments that he hoped the Jewish teen who died in a Nazi camp would have been a fan. “We think that what’s special is that a 19-year-old comes to the Anne Frank House and spends an hour visiting on a Friday night,” said museum spokeswoman Maatje Mostart amid growing criticism of the pop star’s perceived selfishness.
@rickygervais I agree with Justin Bieber. Anne Frank would’ve loved his stuff. It’s perfect for being played really really quietly so no one can hear it.
@mojorojo Justin Beiber hopes Anne Frank would have been “a Belieber”. Because apparently being hunted and killed by Nazis isn’t bad enough.
@SatanBhagat How do I know that Anne Frank wasn’t a belieber? This maybe a longshot but she could go two entire sentences without ‘xoxo justin mah baby.’
@IvyManilow Anne Frank a Belieber? Never! We had more sense during the War than to blindly follow a delusional narcissist with a silly haircut!
@piersmorgan I’m backing @justinbieber — again. He meant no offence, and has got the world’s youth talking about Anne Frank. This is a good thing.