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Justin Bieber fears Tom Cruise’s “dad strength”

By | Published on Thursday 13 June 2019

Justin Bieber

It’s a funny old thing being a celebrity. If I were to tweet that I wanted to fight Tom Cruise as a joke, nothing would come of it. But if Justin Bieber does it, suddenly it’s news around the world and a venue has been booked in preparation for the big sparring match.

Of course, the hypothetical situation where I jokingly tweeted something like that would never happen. I don’t joke about how much I want to fight Tom Cruise and what a wimp he is for not accepting the challenge. But Justin Bieber is just a guy who messes around on the internet and sometimes says things he doesn’t mean.

Here’s a specific example of Bieber just japing it up online. Earlier this week, he tweeted: “I wanna challenge Tom Cruise to fight in the [UFC] Octagon. Tom if you don’t take this fight you’re scared and you will never live it down. Who is willing to put on the fight? @danawhite?”

See, he didn’t directly tag Tom Cruise into his message there. However, he did make sure it was seen by Dana White, President of mixed martial arts league the Ultimate Fighting Championship. White did not respond, but UFC fighter Conor McGregor did offer to host the fight himself, demanding that the world should know if Cruise has “the sprouts to fight, like he does in the movies”.

So that was that. Bieber was ready, they had a host, all that was needed was the nod from Cruise. But it never came. And then, before it even could, Bieber said he was just joking anyway.

Asked by TMZ about the challenge, Bieber said: “I was just playing … It was just a random tweet, I do that stuff sometimes. I’m pretty sure Tom would whoop my ass in a fight. I’d have to get in shape, I’m really skinny at the moment. I think he’d probably be out of my weight class, cos he’s big, you know, he’s got that dad strength. He’s a dad, right?”

I’ve never heard of “dad strength” before, but I guess it must be a thing, and a valid reason to back out of a fight. Whatever, he was just joking anyway. Sometimes he just tweets silly stuff for fun, like people used to do on Twitter before it all became awful. Here’s hoping that his collaboration with Ed Sheeran was another joke and I just imagined their song together.