Calm down, Internet: Justin Bieber doesn’t really want to fight Tom Cruise in the octagon. He admits to TMZ that his tweet challenging the Mission: Impossible star to throw down was just a joke.
Asked by a TMZ cameraman whether or not he really planned to battle the movie star, Justin laughed and said, “It was just a random tweet. I do that stuff sometimes.” He explained that he’d seen an interview with Cruise, so the actor was on his mind, which is why he sent the tweet.
I wanna challenge Tom Cruise to fight in the octagon. Tom if you dont take this fight your scared and you will never live it down. Who is willing to put on the fight? @danawhite ?
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) June 10, 2019
“I think he’d probably whip my a** in a fight,” Justin admitted. “I’d have to get in shape. I’m really skinny [right now]. I think he’d probably be out of my weight class.”
“He’s got that ‘dad strength,’” Justin added of Cruise — and then asked, “He’s a dad, right?”
Yes, he is, Justin: to daughters Isabella and Connor, with his second wife Nicole Kidman, and daughter Suri, with third wife Katie Holmes.
Justin Bieber is 25, Tom Cruise is 56.
Challenge an actor 31 years older than you to a fight. I’ll go first…
Sam Waterston, you’re a punk, and due for an ass beating. Name the place. pic.twitter.com/DZGjmzPvUD
— Misnomer (@Misnomer) June 10, 2019
One good thing that came out of Justin’s tweet has been the #31YearsOld hashtag, where people started challenging celebrities who are 31 years older than they are to fights — because that’s the age difference between Justin and Tom Cruise.
Wednesday, 83-year-old TV icon Alan Alda got in on the fun, tweeting “Not sure I know how this works, but I hear there’s a 114-year-old guy in Tibet who’s just asking for it.”
Not sure I know how this works, but I hear there’s a 114 year old guy in Tibet who’s just asking for it. #31yearsolder
— Alan Alda (@alanalda) June 12, 2019
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