Justin Bieber got a bit of unsolicited advice from former teen idol Leif Garrett Monday, who warned the young singer, "Don't believe your own publicity". Garrett, 51, drew comparisons between his meteoric rise to fame in the 70s and Justin's current status, and how it nearly destroyed him with drug addiction, according to Fox411 on Aug. 19. Ironically Leif's warnings come on the heels of the latest reports possibly linking Bieber to drugs.
Leif Garrett was described as the hugest teen idol in the world back in the 70s, before the "darker side of fame" got a grip on him. The former pop star and teen idol battled "intense" drug addiction for many years.
Garrett was specifically asked what advice he has for 19-year-old Justin Bieber. He responded, "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".
Leif admitted his circumstances were different than Justin's in that Bieber purposely sought out being a pop star, while it just sort of happened to him by accident since he was a child actor.
But, he still sees the similarities as well. "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", Garrett said.
Garrett described his descent into drugs first coming from his frustration over his recording contract. He wasn't allowed to grow musically, so he turned to drugs which he was surrounded by.
Meanwhile, Justin and his entourage's luggage was searched by a drug-sniffing dog at the Ft. Lauderdale International Airport Friday, according to the Daily Mail.
Police were responding to an anonymous tip there were drugs in the bags, but, cops typically won't act on one tip like that unless there's additional reason to believe it has credence.
In Bieber's case, it's likely all the press he's gotten lately over other instances of possible drug use and or possession.
In July, U.S. border authorities found marijuana on Justin's tour bus as it tried to enter the United States from Canada. A small amount of pot as well as drug paraphernalia were confiscated.
The singer wasn't on the bus at the time however, but Justin had a close call in April also. While on his European tour, Swedish police found a small amount of marijuana on his empty tour bus, but they took no action in the matter.
Justin has posted mutliple photos on social media sites that show him in what looks like altered states of consciousness. He was even seen in a photo that also contained what appeared to be sizzurp, a strong narcotic-based drink.
Speaking of his drug addiction, Leif said, "It’s a tough one to beat. It takes your soul. It’s your lover. It’s your food".
No response to Garrett's advice so far from Bieber's camp.