For his own sake, let’s hope Justin Bieber has hit rock bottom.
Sure, it’s easy to make fun of “The Biebs.” The teen heartthrob can keep TMZ in business all by himself, just keeping up with his capers and erratic behavior.
Bill Clinton. There are the various weird incidents when he’s onstage, and times when he doesn’t make it to the stage.
Recently, police questioned him about spray-painting graffiti on a hotel wall in Brazil. He also was caught urinating in a bucket in a New York restaurant. In Germany, he had his pet monkey seized because he lacked proof of its vaccination. In California, a photographer sued him and his bodyguard for assault, and his neighbors are upset that he speeds through the neighborhood in his white Ferrari.
There is his smugness, his rumored retirement, and everything else that goes with being the singing idol of millions of teen girls.
And he’s 19 years old.
Keep that in mind as you go over the details of his latest fiasco in Miami Beach Thursday morning — arrested on a drunk driving charge after he was caught drag racing on a main thoroughfare in a rented yellow Lamborghini. After initially resisting arrest, police said he later told officers he had consumed alcohol, pot and prescription drugs.
There are reports that earlier in the week, he dropped tens of thousands of dollars at a South Florida strip club. There is an investigation in Opa-locka over whether two police officers gave Bieber an unauthorized escort when he landed in a private jet Monday night at the Opa-locka airport.
As if all that weren’t enough, Bieber was charged Thursday with driving with an expired Georgia driver’s license.
As the paparazzi from all over quickly descend upon South Florida — can you say “Anna Nicole Smith?” — and Bieber’s young fans set up vigils, the best thing that could happen to Bieber is that his arrest provides the ultimate wake-up call. For his own good.
Bieber can try to get help and straighten out his life. Or he can risk becoming the male counterpart to Lindsay Lohan. Or worse.
Back in 1955, a fast-living movie star named James Dean died in an auto accident at age 24. Who can forget Anna Nicole Smith, found dead at age 39 following an overdose in her hotel room in Hollywood in 2007?
There have been countless other pop stars who lived fast, burned out, and if they were lucky, just dropped out of public view while they were still alive.
Then there are others, like Britney Spears and Robert Downey, Jr., who appeared headed for tragedy, but managed to turn their lives around and now are big stars again.
Maybe it all happened way too young for Bieber. He was only 15 when he became a YouTube sensation. Not long after, he had an entourage and was touring the world and making more money than he could ever have dreamed.
Some of Bieber’s earlier erratic behavior could be laughed off, but at 19, he’s approaching adulthood. And what happened in Miami Beach on Thursday morning is serious stuff. Drag racing in his condition in a residential area puts himself — and residents — in real danger.
He’s fortunate a tragedy didn’t happen. Now it’s up to Justin Bieber and his handlers to man up and address behavior that’s spinning out of control. He might not be as lucky next time.
Justin Bieber needs help for his own sake
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