Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard the name Alfredo Flores. The 24-year-old music video director has become a household name thanks to his work with A-list stars like Selena Gomez, Mariah Carey, Chris Brown — and most notably, Justin Bieber — who also happens to be Alfredo’s L.A. roommate and longtime best friend!
Alfredo Flores has quite the past, present and future — and there may be a lot you don’t know about him, but not to worry, we’re more than happy to fill in the blanks! Without further ado, here are five key things you didn’t know about Justin Bieber‘s BFF!
Alfredo Flores Facts: Who Is Justin’s BFF?
1. He Comes From Humble Beginnings.
Although Alfredo, 25, currently spends his days rubbing elbows with Hollywood stars, the music video director had a humble upbringing in Belleville, New Jersey. Recently, he opened up to Lossip.com about starting “from the bottom” and explained how he was able to make it in the business without a single Hollywood connection early on. “I kept going when people said ‘no’ and I’m proud of that and I’m happy about that,” said the resilient Alfredo who was determined to make it big. He adds that he’s “especially” proud of his success, because he’s “Puerto Rican” and “representing [that]. There aren’t a lot of us.”
2. He’s HUGE on Twitter!
As popular as he is in Hollywood, Alfredo may be even more popular on social media, with well over a million followers on Facebook and a whopping 2.5 million followers on Twitter! He also has a loyal army of Twitter followers who tweet about his every move using the hashtag #AlfredoFloresFans. How awesome is that?!
3. He Has a Great Deal of Respect for His Best Friend Justin
Alfredo, who has called Justin “one of my best friends” for several years now, says that despite what you may hear in the media, Justin really does have a heart of gold. “People try and create a story out of anything,” Flores told Fox News Latino in December. “We wake up every day and I’m pretty sure there’s a new fake story or a manipulated story (about Justin). They manipulate pictures to tell a story or they take something that’s real – a small portion of it that’s real – and they create a whole fabricated story. I think that happens all of the time.”
4. He’s Been Around the World with Justin
The NJ native has spent the last four years touring with Justin on the singer’s Believe tour and he’s literally been everywhere with Justin. “We’ve gone to almost every state in America, we did all of South America, Puerto Rico, The Dominican Republic, Brazil, Chile, Mexico and that’s just this last year,” Flores said. “We did all of Europe, all of Australia and Asia.” Sounds like fun to us!
5. He Believes Dreams Can Come True
A big reason Alfredo has so many young fans is that he encourages young people to dream big and to believe that they too can make their dreams come true. “I’m just this kid from Jersey who flew out to L.A. with one dream,” Flores has said. “If you really want your dreams to come true – if you really want to make them happen – you just have to believe in yourself and you’ll be good.” Way to be a good role model, Alfredo!
HollywoodLifers, do you love Alfredo as much as we do? Are you as jealous as we are about his trip around the world with the Biebs? Dish in the comments below!
— Lee Hernandez