August 2, 2010 / 11:08 PM / 8 years ago

Teen heartthrob Justin Bieber to write memoir

Singer Justin Bieber throws his coat into the crowd as he performs at the 2010 MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto June 20, 2010. REUTERS/Mike Cassese

NEW YORK (Reuters) - He has made fans swoon when they listen to his music. Now teen singing sensation Justin Bieber is hoping to make his fans read — or at least look at lots of pictures.

The 16 year-old pop singer has signed a deal with HarperCollins to publish an illustrated memoir titled “Justin Bieber: First Step 2 Forever: My Story,” the publisher said in a statement on Monday.

The book is due out in October in both the United States and United Kingdom.

The hardcover “My Story” is expected to reveal the Canadian-born youngster’s incredible rise to stardom. It will contain exclusive, never-before-seen photos.

“Every day I wake up and count my blessings,” Bieber said in the statement. “My fans have played such a large part in all of this and they help me live my dreams every day. I’m excited to share just a little bit more of my world with them through this book.”

Bieber first gained fans when he posted renditions of his favorite hip-hop and R&B songs on YouTube. At 13 years-old, he signed a record deal and has since exceeded 5 million in sales.

His “Baby” video is the most-watched music video in YouTube history, with more than 250 million views.

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