The story of Justin Bieber’s monkey is one of the iconic pieces in the narrative of the young pop star’s immature asshole tendencies. The short version is this: Bieber used to have a pet capuchin monkey named OG Mally, which was given to him as a birthday present. And in 2013, when he was going to Germany on tour, he tried to bring the monkey with him. Customs officials confiscated the monkey, allegedly because he didn’t have the right paperwork for it. They gave Bieber two months to return with the right paperwork and reclaim the monkey. He never did. Eventually, the German government demanded $8,000 from Bieber to move the monkey to a German zoo.
In a recent GQ profile, Bieber talked a bit about the monkey, claiming that he did, in fact, have the right paperwork and that the customs officials got things confused. He also said that he’d like to get another monkey, making sure to point out that he would not bring this monkey to Germany. Responding to the question of whether he’d ever get another monkey, Bieber had this to say:
Yeah, one day. Just gotta make sure I got a house and it stays in the fucking house. I’m not gonna bring him to Germany or travel with it anymore. People are always like, “Why did you get a monkey?” If you could get a monkey, well, you would get a fucking monkey, too! Monkeys are awesome.
Now, as TMZ points out, the North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance, which presumably agrees with Bieber that monkeys are awesome, has put out a statement urging him not to get another monkey, telling Bieber that getting one “will prove dangerous to both you and your monkey, as well as irresponsible when it comes to your public following… Please do not repeat this foolish endeavor… It is simply not possible to fulfill the unique needs of your monkey within a private home.”
If there’s one thing I know about Justin Bieber, it’s that he will always heed the advice of experts.