Justin Bieber Says Sorry After Giving Paparazzi the Finger

Justin Bieber is 17 and slowly shedding his good-boy, role-model image.

The Canadian pop sensation lost his cool earlier this week after paparazzi hounded him and rumored girlfriend Selena Gomez as they left a Los Angeles restaurant where the couple celebrated the “Baby” singer’s 17th birthday. Bieber was caught on camera giving the middle finger to paparazzi as he prepared to drive off with Gomez sitting in the front seat. The incident, which occurred on March 1 outside Italian restaurant Maggiano’s, marked the first time that the supposedly untarnished young star was seen doing something that the parents of his adoring fans would clearly not approve of.

Bieber later tried to do some damage control as he took to Twitter to apologize for his action. “Had a great bday and at the end of the night we got surrounded by paps and i reacted in a way i know better. im sorry,” Bieber tweeted. “It’s not always easy but I know better than to react in anger.”