Justin Bieber Performs Shirtless in Utah Following Marijuana Controversy (PHOTOS)

Peggy Truong / January 6, 2013

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Justin Bieber speaks out as questionable marijuana photos emerge.
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Looks like Justin Bieber wants his fans to focus on something other than those questionable marijuana photos: his abs.

On Saturday night, the Canadian singer treated Beliebers to a shirtless display at the EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah — the first “Believe” tour stop of 2013.

The concert marked Bieber’s first public appearance since TMZ released photos of the 18-year-old smoking what appears to be a joint from a Newport Beach party on Jan. 2 — incidentally, one day after a photographer was killed while following the singer’s white Ferarri.

“back home on stage today,” Bieber wrote on Twitter Saturday, later adding that he was “focused.”

Hours after TMZ unleashed the questionable marijuana photos on Friday night, Bieber took to Twitter in an attempt to clear the air.

He told his fans, “everyday growing and learning. trying to be better. u get knocked down, u get up.”

“i see all of you. i hear all of you. i never want to let any of you down. i love u. and…thank u #beliebers.”

On New Year’s Day, a paparazzo was struck and killed while trying to catch up to and photograph Bieber’s car.

“”While I was not present nor directly involved with this tragic accident, my thoughts and prayers are with the family of the victim . . . hopefully this tragedy will finally inspire meaningful legislation and whatever other necessary steps to protect the lives and safety of celebrities, police officers, innocent bystanders, and the photographers themselves,” Bieber said in a statement later that day. 

The “Believe” tour will continue on Monday in Denver, Colo.

What do you think of the Justin Bieber marijuana controversy? Check out the gallery of the Biebs’ first show of 2013, above, and weigh in below.

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