Justin Bieber photographed playing beer pong

Oct 9, 2012 at 11:00 p.m. ET

The singer should know better than to do illegal things around cameras, but apparently, he doesn't. A new photo has surfaced showing Bieber playing beer pong, before he was of legal age.

Justin Bieber

Celebrities should know by now, if you do anything and there is a camera nearby, someone will eventually find out. Justin Bieber may have discovered that the hard way (although to be fair, he really should have known it by now). TMZ dug up a photo of the 19-year-old singer playing a game of beer pong. For many celebrities, this wouldn't be a big deal, but Bieber is not yet 21. He may have been legal because Canada, his home country, has a legal drinking age of 19, but a source said the photo was taken almost two years ago.

"One source connected with Bieber — who was not there — says the game went down on Canadian soil... or in Georgia (he travels a lot, it's hard to keep track)," said TMZ. "Either way, the source says it happened a year and a half ago, which would have made Bieber 17 years old... and too young to legally booze in either country."

But the source isn't the only one speaking up about the photo, and another source said it wasn't in Canada.

"Another source — who was there — swears it happened in Alabama back in June... which still makes Biebs too young to booze," said TMZ.

Because of his busy schedule, Bieber probably wouldn't find much time today to do something like that anyway. He released an album earlier this summer and is out on a nationwide tour now — a tour that sold out in less than an hour.

The best part of the beer pong picture may be the backpack the singer is wearing in it. Both TMZ and a satirical piece written by the Atlantic Wire make fun of the backpack — the latter said it must be "full of drugs or rum or something."

So what does this all mean? It's possible he is just being an experimenting teenager, and in Canada he would have at least been closer to the legal age. But for the Atlantic Wire, the beer pong photo is unacceptable.

"That's when the world crumples in on itself, because if the world's Ontario-sent angel can be corrupted by this dark and sinful place, then there is no hope for the rest of us," said the publication. "Beer pong. What a disgrace. When he could have been playing flip cup. It's just terrible. He better at least have won."

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