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Ariana Grande fired off a cryptic tweet that reads, "Not today satan!!!! gtg finish this music & live my cute, drama free life!" Many have posited that she's referring to pop star Justin Bieber because the tweet followed shortly after Bieber commented on one of her Instagrams, saying, "Damn Ariana u look so good." Now, the bigger question is not whether Ariana was indeed subtweeting Bieber, but whether or not Justin Bieber is actually Satan.
Is he? The evidence suggests that it's at least plausible. For one, he is a noted shape-shifter, having transformed from androgynous bowl-cutted YouTube star to porn-'stachioed monster to actual mermaid.
Second, he has made a career of wreaking havoc on beloved international landmarks, and according to Shaq, has been rated the fifth most-hated person of all time. During the same Comedy Central roast, he was even called the King Joffrey of Pop, a reference to Game of Thrones' most evil baby tyrant.
He also has plenty experience haunting dreams due to terrifying clown-themed photo shoots, and regularly walks around covered in a mysterious shroud to tease his haircuts.
Oh, and he can fly. The verdict? Justin Bieber is maybe Satan.