While I’m not a big Bieber fan, I think he’s getting a raw deal. All the networks have jumped on the recent meltdowns from Justin Bieber, saying he must be doing drugs. I hope he isn’t, because there’s a much simpler reason for his recent personality shifts and outbursts.
I think Justin is belated going through the hormone changes that everyone else tends to have at around age 14. Anyone who has raised a teenager knows what I’m talking about–that moment when the wonderful child you’ve had in your home overnight becomes uncooperative, surly, rebellious and angry. As a friend of mine put it, “Who the devil are you, and what have you done with my child?!”
Add to that mix: (1)the fact that he’s in the public fishbowl, with managers and keepers trying to control every moment of every day, and photographers filming his every move (2)he can’t be sure who’s a true friends and who is a leech (3) there is no privacy for a celeb of his stature and (4) he’s mature enough to realize that he doesn’t agree with all the choices and decisions being made for him–and he now knows he should be allowed input on what he does.
We’re seen this progression before–Mariah Carey, Britney Spears, and Lindsay Lohan just to name a few. Mariah Carey dropped out of sight for a couple of years, pulled herself together then come back before she completely self-destructed. I hope Justin is given the chance to find out who he is and what he wants. He needs some time to come back to an even keel, and I hope his handlers have enough sense to realize it. The cancellations will cost them right now, but in the long run Justin might have a longer career, and earn even more money for his managers.