Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus’ lengthy stays on the naughty step has apparently brought the pop pals closer, with the pair reportedly considering an “outrageous duet.”
It’s claimed Justin — no stranger to negative press after on and off Believe tour exploits, the Mally the monkey saga, that mop bucket, late concerts, Anne Frank hysteria and a two-bodyguard lift at the Great Wall of China, not to mention an array of allegations — many of which the 19-year-old has now been cleared of — empathizes with Cyrus and is being supportive following her split from Liam Hemsworth.
A source apparently told Heat magazine, “Justin reached out to say that she needs to loosen up and have fun. They’re bonding over their career backlashes and talking almost every night.”
The purported insider added: “They’re even considering an outrageous duet.”
Hmm. Considering Miley and Justin guested on the recently leaked “Twerk” record from rapper Lil Twist, we won’t be holding our breath for another musical outing. Been there, done that?
Having said that, anything’s possible in celebrityville and it could be the much-talked about two ex-child stars may indeed be keen to ramp up their “image transformations” further with a sensational duet.
Cyrus also recently went on record in Rolling Stone magazine and said she was Bieber’s “mentor” while sharing public advice to the “Baby” singer about not becoming a “joke” à la ex-rapper Vanilla Ice.
But, in truth, many commentators — including Vanilla Ice — have pointed out that both Cyrus and Bieber appear to be in need of guidance. Tellingly, both came top of parental website What To Do With The Kids’ recent, third annual “Worst Role Model For Kids” poll.
Like Justin, Miley has found herself on the receiving end of public censure following her incendiary twerking medley with Robin Thicke at the 2013 VMAs triggering accusations of depravity and racism. More recently, Irish singer/activist/priest Sinead O’Connor has joined the chorus of those critical of Cyrus’ subsequent explicit, promotion drive.
Contacted for comment after Miley cited O’Connor’s Prince-penned “Nothing Compares 2 U” as an inspiration behind her “Wrecking Ball” video, Sinead wrote a face-value concerned open letter but also referred to Cyrus using “variations of the word prostitute” five times, as gossip maven Lainey (Elaine Lui) noted. [O’Connor’s first open letter here. At the last count, she is up to three.]
Clearly offended, Miley responded on Twitter by comparing O’Connor to Amanda Bynes as well as posting Sinead’s two-years-old tweets at a time when the Irish singer may have been in the middle of a Bipolar episode. Cyrus also posted a snap of O’Connor tearing up a photo of Pope John Paul II on SNL in 1992.
Sinead responded by publicly threatening Cyrus with legal action if the tweets in question were not removed.
As at the time of press and heading into what promises to be an unmissable SNL tonight, on which Miley is performing and hosting, the 20-year-old’s Twitter timeline is unchanged.
Before Amanda Bynes…. There was…. pic.twitter.com/6JZPVnunPc
— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) October 3, 2013
So, it’s high-wire times for Bieber and Cyrus right now.
Even if a duet isn’t in the offing, these two occupy zenith water cooler positions at the most crucial point of their careers when key music releases — Miley’s Bangerz album, which has just received an underwhelming Washington Post review, and Justin’s single “Heartbreaker” amid the launch of his #MusicMondays series — are preparing to land.
Who knew teen spirit would smell like uber pop?
[Image via Ace Showbiz]