Turns Out, Justin Bieber Actually Can't Speak Spanish

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"Despacito" is a great song. Especially the one featuring the vocal talents of a platinum Justin Bieber. The 23-year-old appears on a remix of the Daddy Yankee and Luis Fonsi track and even shows off his skills with a verse in Spanish. And it's really, really good. (Perhaps even the song of the summer.) But here's the thing: Bieber learned Spanish for the song, but maybe doesn't know the language.
Comprende?
In a video on TMZ filmed at the NYC club 1 OAK, Bieber is seen performing the chart-topping bilingual banger to a crowd of (intoxicated) club-goers and he fumbles with the words. A lot. Okay — he just says "blah blah blah" in place of his Spanish verse. He laughs it off and then just skips over the rest of the song, based on the video.
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Upon discovering other videos of the singer performing the song live, it appears that he does indeed know the words to the song, and he may have just been a wee tipsy and unable to really deliver the lines.
Surprisingly, most people came to the defense of the singer after a few sites claimed he "mocked" the language or in some way disrespected his Spanish-speaking fans, when in reality, learning other languages is not a piece of cake (especially after some glasses of champagne).
That same night, Bieber also took it upon himself to unveil a Bieber-ified cover of Kendrick Lamar's track, "HUMBLE." Oh, what a karaoke-filled night.
Something tells me we're going to get a Spanish-filled Instagram apology soon. "¿Es demasiado tarde para pedir perdón?"
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