The former 1990s icon James Van Der Beek spoke to Vulture this week about life in 1998. At one point, the reporter asked him if it is harder for today’s teen stars like Justin Bieber. The Dawson’s Creek actor agreed with this sentiment.
Absolutely, 100 percent. Those kids — No. 1, they’re so young. No. 2, they’re under such an intense microscope. And there’s a lot more money to be made off of them than there was when I was famous. I mean, I don’t know. I just don’t judge. It’s very easy. People love to judge. People love to be self-righteous. They get a lot of energy from that.
Listen: Fame is not hard. Right? Being a soldier is hard, digging ditches is hard, coal mining is hard. But it’s tricky. It’s not something you can ever get any sympathy for, nor should you, and it’s not something you can really explain to someone who hasn’t gone through it. But it’s tricky because … you’re the same. You feel generally like the same person, but the behavior of everyone around you starts to change.
Sinead O’Connor has admitted her headline hitting feud with Miley Cyrus last month has actually helped people discuss the music industry and it’s attitude to sex.
The 46-year-old Irish singer-songwriter was locked in a feud with Miley a month ago when she published a letter in which she admitted to being “concerned” for the young star and accused Miley of “allowing herself to be pimped” by the music industry.
Thankfully the feud is over and she admits the public nature of the debate can only have helped get her concerns out in the open.
And now, speaking to Time Magazine, Sinead says that the problem doesn’t just extend to female artists, but also male artist like Justin Bieber:
The music business is corrupt. It’s full of nothing but vampires and pimps. What was more important that came out of the Miley thing was being able to conversate about mental health and human rights. The two of us, without meaning to, did quite a good job.
In a way, music’s all been silenced.
That’s why I feel strongly about the oversexualizing of young women. As long as you’re visually distracted, you’re not really listening … Male artists too. Justin Bieber, he’s being sold on his sexuality, but he’s too young to even understand what’s going on.
Sir Elton John feels “sorry” for Lindsay Lohan and Justin Bieber, and has even wrote a song, “The Diving Board” — about them getting “swallowed up” in fame.
He tells Britain’s Event magazine:
You might think it’s about me; the drugs, the excesses, the millions on flowers, the tantrums, the outfits and the glasses… but it isn’t… It’s about Lindsay Lohan, Justin Bieber, all these kids who are out there now not knowing what the hell is going on. Continue
The former pop star Leif Garrett had a few words for Justin Bieber in an interview with FOX411 published Monday.
Garrett was the biggest teen idol on the planet in the 1970s before the darker side of fame grabbed hold of him. For years, he battled with intense drug addiction. Now Garrett, 51, is able to reflect on how his stardom and advise Justin how not to follow in his footsteps.
FOX411: What advice do you have for Justin Bieber?
Garrett: Do not believe your own publicity. Sussing out who your real friends are is full-time work. Every scum bag, every drug dealer, every chicken hawk wants a piece of you.
FOX411: Do you notice similarities between Bieber and yourself when you were his age?
Garrett: I don’t know. I mean our circumstances are quite different. This is something he really wanted to do and he achieved it. I was in acting. When you’ve got that sort of power at that young age, and everything at your doorstep, you put out that bad boy image. At that age, testosterone, hormones, all of the money, you see what else you can get away with. He’s also doing a lot of charity work. Continue