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