Justin Bieber’s constant presence in headlines, albeit at times for inflated reasons, has drawn yet more comment from another celebrity. This time, Sir Elton John.
Hot on the heels of Sting’s warnings to the teen idol, John has revealed the title track of his latest album “The Diving Board” — his first release in seven years — is inspired by Bieber and Lindsay Lohan.
The 66-year-old legend has notched up more than his share of press inches involving sex, drugs, tantrums and stories of wild excess.
But despite his experience, John says the song isn’t about his scandalous past.
Speaking to Event magazine, the father-of-two said of the song,
“It isn’t about me. It’s about Lindsay Lohan, Justin, all those kids who are out there not knowing what the hell is going on.”
Adding that he worried about young stars thrust into the spotlight seemingly without a clue about the pitfalls that await them, the Brit singer-songwriter said of the pair.
“She [Lohan] was a great actress and then it became all about the madness, the parties and everyone forgets about what put them there in the first place. They get lost in the idea that they are famous for who they are, not what they are.”
The one-time hellraiser continued
“I feel sorry for these kids. I was 23 when I got famous,” He adds, “And I made every mistake in the book. But whatever was going on, the drinking, the drugs, whatever, I was still making music, I kept making music and I never stopped.”
John says rehab “saved” him but “it was music, that work ethic, that sense of ‘this is what I’m here for’,” that kept him grounded in the artifice of fame’s bubble.
Bieber has become tabloid fodder over recent months while amassing a pile-up of alleged assault, battery and theft claims, accusations of speeding either by him or friends in his Calabasas, Calif., neighborhood, amid hysteria over the singer’s alleged marijuana use.
However, Justin is thought to be focusing on new music releases due in October and his upcoming movie-documentary Believe, which recently screened at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Lohan — also no stranger to the gossip pages — recently left a Malibu rehab facility at the end of July. But the actress expressed sentiments about a fresh start when she hosted Chelsea Lately last month.
John’s comments echo Sting who recently said, “If I could give any advice to young musicians, it would be this. Just try and enjoy it, because that truly explosive bit doesn’t last for ever.”
Given the pressures put on many of the young stars today often unfairly burdened with the task of being role models to young people who have parents, guardians, teachers and/or mentors in their lives, it is to be hoped the sage advice of Sir Elton and Sting will be heard and applied.
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