Justin Bieber Once Gifted His Childhood Best Friend a Mustang

A lot of people may dislike Justin Bieber for all sorts of reasons, but he’s actually a pretty decent guy. He has used his fame, money, and platform to do some good in the world.

And, like many celebrities who get big, he’s never forgotten about the people who knew him before he was famous. This usually means that he takes care of his family, but he has also taken care of his friends.

Here’s a look at Justin Bieber’s relationship with his best friend and the Mustang that he gave him as a gift.

A brief look at Justin Bieber’s childhood

Justin Bieber performs onstage
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Back in 2007 when YouTube was still new to the world, young people from all over the world uploaded videos on there to share with others. Bieber had a video on YouTube of him singing, and through pure luck, he was discovered by someone in the music industry.

It didn’t take long before Bieber flew from his home in Canada down to Atlanta to record songs with Usher. 

He was 13 years old at the time, and until then, he had lived a relatively normal life. He went to school, hung out with his friends, and sung a few songs from time to time. And then, in a year or two, Bieber became a teen idol for millions of fans from around the world.

But despite this newfound fame, Bieber remembered the friends that he had before his life blew up. One of those friends was Ryan Butler, who had been his best friend since they were 7-years old.

Who is Ryan Butler?

Butler was not just his childhood best friend. According to The Daily Mail, Butler’s parents helped raise Bieber when his mom, who was a single mother, needed the extra help. Bieber and his mom lived in a small apartment while Butler and his parents lived in a more modest-looking house. 

When he hit it big, he and his mom obviously didn’t need Butler and his parents to help them anymore, but still, he maintained his friendship with Butler.

For example, as Heavy wrote, Butler shows up in a couple of Bieber’s early music videos. In fact, Butler also showed up in a few interviews to talk about him and his relationship with Bieber and the Bieber family.

Their relationship lasts to this day, and Heavy said that the two can be seen eating at restaurants from time to time. Of course, a relationship as strong as that is built through mutual love and appreciation.

So, in 2011, probably to thank Butler for all the love and help that he and his family has shown him and his mom, Bieber gave Butler a brand-new Ford Mustang convertible, according to The Daily Mail.

The Ford Mustang that Justin Bieber gave as a gift

Details are scarce about the exact trim and options that he picked out for his best friend, but since it was brand-new, it was likely a 2012 model year Mustang. Butler seems to be a big fan of powerful and fast cars, so it’s entirely possible that Bieber bought his best-friend the most powerful Mustang that he could get.

According to Consumer Reports, Ford offered five engine options on the 2012 Mustang, with the most powerful being a 5.4-liter supercharged V8 engine that generated 550-hp. This powerful engine allowed it to go from 0 to 60 MPH in 4.1 seconds and it could also hit a top speed of 200 MPH.

A 2012 Mustang convertible would’ve cost at least $50,000 at the time. That said, cheaper versions of the same car would’ve started at about $30,000. Either way, Butler seemed thrilled with the gift from his best friend.