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What is Justin Bieber smoking in new photos?

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All he needs is a beauty and a… blunt?

TMZ has obtained photos of the world’s favorite pint-sized pop star, Justin Bieber, holding what appears to be marijuana. (Or “salvia,” as Miley Cyrus might say.) According to the site, the pictures were taken on January 2, one day after a paparazzo was killed while trying to photograph the star.

And while we can’t verify that the joint-in-hand is, in fact, marijuana — Bieber’s rep hasn’t answered EW’s request for comment at this time — if it is, we’re betting the Biebs crushed some serious amounts of fondue after the fact.

Bieber himself, though, did tweet after the photos were published. “everyday growing and learning. trying to be better. u get knocked down, u get up,” he wrote, possibly alluding to the incident. “like i said…2013…new challenges. new doubters…Im ready. We are ready,” he added in another tweet.

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