Justin Bieber again showed class and care in a special Ellen show aired Jan. 4 that showed footage from his recent benefit performance at a school in Las Vegas. The pop singer performed, donated a whack of dough and had an informal talk with the kids.
The TV show was taped Dec. 16 when Bieber played a concert just for the 650 kids of Whitney Elementary in Las Vegas. The school is for underprivileged children and Bieber not only performed but donated $100,000 and gave out the same sum in presents to the kids. Much of the visit was filmed for the Ellen Degeneres show, including a talk he had with the children.
Bieber showed again that he has a maturity beyond his years as he sat on a stage and answered questions from the students. His advice as he left? "Be nice to each other and treat each other with respect and grow up to be people of character." Pretty cool stuff for a kid of 17, no?
Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez on weekends
Naturally the kids wanted to know about his relationship with his 19-year-old girlfriend, actor and singer Selena Gomez. Bieber got more than a few giggles when he responded to a question about what the two of them do on weekends. "What do me and Selena do on the weekends? We go to the movies," he said. Then his voice went into whisper mode. "And we kiss." That drew laughter and he playfully added: "No, we don't do that."
They also asked about whether he missed his home and family in Canada. "Yes, very much," he told them. "Cause I'm always traveling and I'm always away from a lot of my family and friends. So, it can be hard. But, once I get to go home and see my family, it's always a pleasure."
The singer talked with the school's principal, Sherrie Ghan, about his childhood and having to do things many of her students have had to do to survive. "I'm here to bring a smile to these kids' faces. For me, I grew up and I didn't have a lot. We went to food banks to get food for me and my grandparents." He added that having his grandparents to help him was like the help she was giving to her students. "It's really special," he told her.
Justin Bieber: doing something for others
It's become routine for Bieber to contribute to charity and try and make a difference in the lives of others, in particular kids. Two days before Christmas, while performing in Toronto, near his hometown of Stratford, he donated $500,000 to the Toronto chapter of the Make a Wish Foundation.
Recent recognition for charitable contributions include winning the Voices award at the Europe MTV music awards and on Dec. 26 the motivational website dosomething.org announced their annual 'Celebs Gone Good' list and Bieber was second to Lady Gaga. He was cited for money he's donated to charity and for the great amount of time and effort he's given to many causes and individuals.