Glassboro Teen Still Hopes Bieber Will Wing for Him at Prom
Eleven months inviting the Canadian crooner to attend prom with him, Leon Purvis is still a belieber in his YouTube-fueled dream.
Leon Purvis is the definition of viral.
The Glassboro High School student's yearlong quest to get Justin Bieber to roll with him to prom—just as a bro, mind you—has gotten him tons of attention around the country.
The video, which has more than 143,000 views on YouTube, has been covered by media outlets from Philadelphia to the United Kingdom, including celeb blogger Perez Hilton and radio and TV host Ryan Seacrest.
“This guy—I like the way his brain works, because he thinks a step or two ahead of his classmates,” Seacrest said on his radio show. “He wants Justin to go as his wingman…that is a brilliant idea.”
The campaign even netted Purvis front-page coverage in USA Today as part of a piece on teens trying to get celebrities to go to prom with them.
“I try my best to keep the buzz moving,” Purvis tweeted this week.
Now a month out of prom, Purvis has rolled out another video in the hopes of hearing an answer—any answer—from the teen heartthrob. Although he doesn’t want to see a year of effort go to waste, he'd just settle for a definite answer one way or another.
“I spent my whole entire summer...my whole entire junior year [doing this], just so Justin Bieber could respond to me about prom,” Purvis says in the latest video. “If he did say no, I would understand.”
The Glassboro teen said it could be a chance for the celeb to kick back, relax a little and take a momentary break from the spotlight.
“Justin Bieber won't ever have a normal prom, so why not attend prom with me? I am fun to be around,” Purvis said.
His mantra, like one of Bieber’s hits, is never say never.