Justin Bieber still can't understand why his capuchin monkey pet OG Mally was confiscated by German officials in 2013, because he had all the correct paperwork.
The pop star opens up about the drama in a new GQ interview and admits he now wishes he hadn't ignored his friends and aides, who urged Bieber not to take the ape on a trip to Europe.
"Honestly, everyone told me not to bring the monkey. Everybody," the What Do You Mean? singer told the magazine. "I was like, 'It's gonna be fine, guys!' It was the farthest thing from fine."
Customs bosses in Munich seized the monkey, which was a birthday gift, as soon as Justin landed at the airport, and OG Mally was placed under quarantine.
"In Germany, that monkey's endangered or something...," he added, "but I had the papers. I even had it written out that he was a circus monkey and he could travel and all that s**t... Things get twisted."
Bieber was given two months to produce the paperwork the customs officials needed to see and when the deadline passed, the pet was moved to a zoo and Bieber never saw the little ape again.
The capuchin monkey is now a star attraction at the Serengeti Park in Copenhagen, Denmark.
But the drama hasn't put monkey-lover Justin off taking in another ape pet.
"I'm not gonna bring him to Germany or travel with it anymore," he told GQ when asked about the changes he'd make if he became a monkey owner again. "People are always like, 'Why did you get a monkey?' If you could get a monkey, well, you would get a f**ing monkey, too! Monkeys are awesome."