If we’ve learned anything from the train wreck that is Lindsay Lohan, it’s that fame and fortune can be incredibly hard to handle when acquired at a young age.
It’s not easy to be thrust into the spotlight before you’re old enough to buy a lottery ticket… and it’s starting to look like Justin Bieber might be cracking under the pressure.
In the weeks following his break-up from on-again, off-again girlfriend Selena Gomez, the 19-year-old has been exhibiting some pretty erratic behavior.
Here’s a timeline of recent events that have raised some eyebrows:
March 1 – The Worst Birthday
Bieber posted that he had the “worst birthday” when his circus-themed bash at London’s Cirque du Soir was cut short. People everywhere found it difficult to muster great buckets of sympathy for the teenage millionaire pop star, especially after reports that the singer left the party in a huff after his underage guests were denied entrance.
Bieber later insisted that he wasn’t upset with the club bouncers for following the law – no, no, no. Quite the contrary, he says “the club wanted to give the press another reason to why we didn’t stay at their weak a** club so they wouldn’t look bad for me walking in and right back out.”
March 4 – The Concert Disappointment
Bieber got booed by fans for being super late to a concert at London’s O2. He finally showed up on stage nearly two hours after he was scheduled to appear. Some insider sources says he locked himself in his dressing room to play computer games, others say he refused to go onstage until he showered. Either way, hundreds of heartbroken tweens had to leave before seeing their idol.
March 5 – The Pants Situation
PEOPLE Magazine runs an article titled “We Need to Talk About Justin Bieber’s Pants.” The piece wonders why Bieber constantly rocks the unflattering “tight-at-the-calves, loose-at-the-crotch” look (also known as the “Diaper Butt”).
They make a valid point.
March 6 – The Twitter Rant
In 13 separate tweets, Bieber crafted an apostrophe-free manifesto, directed at the haters who make up “fake stories.” Excerpts include:
“rumors rumors and more rumors. nothing more nothing less. might talk about them 1 day. rt now im just gonna be positive. cant bring me down.”
” fake stories to sell papers i guess are part of the job. but im a good person. i know that. u cant tell me different. we know the truth”
“so make up stories about fake fines and make no mention of the positive…. or say when i came out of my show with my shirt off because after performing for 2 hours i might be sweaty i was going into a club (really?)”
” i understand it is part of the job to be judged…but judge me on the facts, judge me on the music, and be careful of the judgement u pass”
March 6 – The Gas Mask
Bieber was spotted heading to dinner wearing a gas mask. Twice. On two different days.
Perhaps this is an effort on his part to avoid being photographed by the paparazzi – but Justin, sweetie, there are less weird ways.
UPDATE: March 7 – The Concert Collapse
On Thursday, Bieber suffered another performance problem, when he reportedly passed out backstage at London’s O2 arena after becoming light-headed near the end of his show. He was given oxygen, took a 20-minute break, finished the concert and was taken to a doctor, said his spokeswoman in a statement.
Bieber later posted a shirtless photo of himself in a hospital bed, because of course he did.
So what do you think? Is Justin Bieber headed for a major meltdown? What would you do if you were his mom?