Is it Too Late Now for Justin Bieber to Say ‘Sorry’ to the Mayan Ruins He Climbed All Over?

Justin Bieber knows how to get in trouble. This time around, he was kicked out of Mayan archaeological site in Mexico.

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From causing thousands of dollars in damage when he egged his neighbor’s house to drag racing in Miami, Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber's decision-making skills have proven questionable -- to say the least.

This time around, an official at Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology told Agence France-Presse the 21-year-old was “invited to leave” the ancient Mayan site of Tulum after he tried to “enter an area prohibited to visitors.”

This isn’t even the first time Bieber found himself in hot water in Mexico. In 2013, he tweeted that he met President Enrique Pena Nieto at a show in Mexico City. Nieto denied that the encounter ever happened, and Bieber later corrected himself to say that he had only met the president’s family.

From causing thousands of dollars in damage when he egged his neighbor’s house to drag racing in Miami, Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber’s decision-making skills have proven questionable — to say the least.

This time around, an official at Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology told Agence France-Presse the 21-year-old was “invited to leave” the ancient Mayan site of Tulum after he tried to “enter an area prohibited to visitors.”

This isn’t even the first time Bieber found himself in hot water in Mexico. In 2013, he tweeted that he met President Enrique Pena Nieto at a show in Mexico City. Nieto denied that the encounter ever happened, and Bieber later corrected himself to say that he had only met the president’s family.

In fact, potentially damaging ancient Mayan ruins pales in comparison to some of his other adventures. In January 2014, he was caught drunk drag racing in Miami. He didn’t have a license and still decided to resist arrest. After a plea deal, he ended up serving no jail time and the DUI charges were dropped.

Six months later, while on vacation in Spain, Bieber ran into actors Orlando Bloom and Leonardo DiCaprio. After Bloom refused to shake Bieber’s hand, Bieber brought up Bloom’s ex-wife and the two got into a physical fight.

In September 2014, he was arrested on assault charges in Canada after he crashed his all-terrain vehicle into a minivan and then fought the other driver.

Last month, he released “Purpose,” his first album in three years. His most popular track, “Sorry,” might also be his most honest:

“I know you know that I/

Made those mistakes maybe once or twice/

And by once or twice I mean/

Maybe a couple a hundred times

So let me oh let me/

Redeem oh reedem oh myself tonight/

Cause I just need on more shot at second chances/

Yeah/

Is it too late now to say sorry?”

No word yet on whether he apologized to the Mexican officials, or if he plans to wait until later.

Photo Credit: Chris McKay/WireImage

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