Justin Bieber was forced to change hotels during his stay in Paris after safety concerns were raised over the hoards of fans gathered outside.
It was initially reported that the 19-year-old singer had been "evicted" from the prestigious Hotel Le Meurice amid claims he had "blatantly encouraged" his fans to wait outside.
When word got out where Justin was staying, crowds of "Beliebers" turned up, and the Baby singer praised them on Twitter, retweeting a message saying: "Big ups to the French Beliebers. Very respectful."
But a spokesman for the singer said it was his decision to leave the hotel, telling PerezHilton.com: "He decided to transfer to the Mandarin Oriental when there wasn't enough security at the hotel to control the crowds.
"There wasn't even an underground entrance for him at the other hotel and the security was too lax given the size of the crowds."
A rep for Hotel Le Meurice said: "It was his decision. We would have loved to keep him staying here. We didn't have any problems. We are absolutely used to having celebrities. We had enough security. We know how to deal with crowds."
Meanwhile, director Jon M Chu has defended Justin, saying he is a "good kid".
"I love the kid. Justin is a good kid and he's growing up. He's figuring things out and that's always hard when everyone's trying to knock him down," he said at the GI Joe: Retaliation UK premiere.
The filmmaker, who worked with the singer on his Justin Bieber: Never Say Never concert movie and Believe 3D, said Justin doesn't need any mollycoddling.
"I think it's good to be on his case, to make sure he's a good kid. But I know, for him, he needs to step up and he does that - he learns from every mistake and gets better as a person," he added.