Justin Bieber,18, was spotted playing beer pong in a recent photograph that surfaced which has left some questioning if the Canadian crooner is engaging in underage drinking.
In the photograph obtained by TMZ, Bieber is shown in front of a blue ping pong table that is covered with red cups. Other young men also seem to be engaged in the game, one holding a can of beer.
According to one source close to Bieber that reportedly spoke to the entertainment website, the image was taken last year when the singer was 17-years-old. However, the singer has not shied away from admitting that he has guzzled a beer or two in the past.
In the June issue of GQ magazine he spoke about staying in control while delighting in an occasional alcoholic beverage.
"For me, it's just like, I like to be in control of myself. I mean, I've had a beer, like, before," Bieber admitted in the magazine. "But I never get out of control."
Still, a source reportedly told StarzUncut.com that Bieber and his entertainer girlfriend Selena Gomez were drinking during the Toronto Film Festival where her latest movie "Spring Breakers" premiered.
"They are party animals and both major light weights when it comes to drinking. Out here the drinking age is 19 and the Biebs is only 18 years old," the source reportedly said. "I know Selena is 20 years old, was she really contributing to a minor? Later in the night Bieber was buzzed."
However, Bieber reportedly has a contract with his mother Pattie Mallette and management that will keep him from drinking until the age 21, according to Now magazine reports
"Justin's had a pledge drawn up by his attorney vowing not to touch alcohol until he turns 21 and gave it to his mum, copying in his mentor Usher," a source reportedly told the publication.
"He's always been allowed to come and go as he pleases, but he was worried that stories he's been seen drinking would prompt Pattie to clamp down."