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Justin Bieber and Scooter Braun Haven’t Talked in Months

Turns out that Justin Bieber and the manager who built his empire, Scooter Braun, haven’t spoken in months.
Turns out that Justin Bieber and the manager who built his empire, Scooter Braun, haven’t spoken in months. Photo: Lisa O’Connor/Getty Images
Matthew Belloni
August 18, 2023

I heard this week that Justin Bieber has been poking around for a new agency or manager, which begged the question: What about Scooter Braun? Turns out that Bieber and the manager who built his empire (and his ridiculous public persona) on Bieber’s talents haven’t spoken in months, per multiple sources. It’s tough because Bieber signed a new management deal right before Braun sold his Ithaca Holdings to South Korean giant HYBE in 2021, and Bieber still has time left on that. So neither side is confirming a split, but I’m told they’re headed separate ways, and their lawyers are involved.

This is part of a larger house-cleaning that Justin and wife Hailey Bieber have undertaken amid his recent health issues and canceled tour: CAA was just fired as his agency, per three sources, longtime lawyer Aaron Rosenberg has been replaced with David Lande at the Ziffren firm, and Justin’s now working with business manager Lou Taylor, last seen starring as the villain in the Britney Spears conservatorship drama. Bieber, who’s still only 29, also has another new lawyer, Michael Rhodes, whose firm helped close a $200 million deal earlier this year to sell his music rights to the Blackstone-backed Hipgnosis Songs Capital to pay off mounting debts. CAA declined to comment. Neither Braun nor Lande got back to me about the situation.