Justin Bieber stares down the barrel of fame, and its exacting price, in the second Believe movie trailer teaser previewed on Good Morning America.
Widening the window on the superstar's life beyond yesterday's clip, today's looked at the pressures the 19-year-old contends with. Loss of privacy, constant and often aggressive paparazzi, stalking by Beliebers, career demands --- and the big one --- the well-trodden footsteps of stars who have crashed and burned.
In the teaser, we see footage of a younger, more carefree Bieber, Believe tour footage, his manager Scooter Braun, fans' mayhem, pensive close-ups of the singer, his infamous run-in with a London photog in March; and a glimpse of explanations (or mitigation) for the Canadian's unprecedented year.
Past and present mentor Usher says, "You can't have a normal life if you're a superstar," adding, "He's forced to grow up in front of the world."
Noting the recent and bizarre online appearance of a video featuring Bieber sleeping while he was filmed by a Brazilian model allegedly without his consent, the R&B veteran's words ring terrifyingly true.
At one point returning director, Jon M. Chu, who helmed Believe and 2011's mega-grossing Never Say Never, turns to Justin and asks,
"We know we've seen it time and time again." He continued, "A young pop star makes it to the top only to crash. Are you aware that you could be the next train wreck?"
Cue a fleeting look of something not quite describable on Bieber's face, which suggests he hasn't contemplated that. Meanwhile, many seem to think the pop prince is already there.
Earlier on Thursday (or late Wednesday depending on timezone), the "All Bad" star took to Twitter to apologize for the "outrage" touched off by footage of him sweeping two Argentine flags that had been thrown onstage at his Saturday Buenos Aries concert with his foot and a microphone stand.
Explaining that he had thought the item (s) was a shirt, Bieber apologized a number of times and said he never meant to cause offense to Argentina, fans, or the Argentine flag. It was a frank and open apology that accepted offence was caused, even if inadvertently. Not that one would guess that from the scale and tone of most of the coverage.
Of the face-off with the Brit paparazzo, Bieber admitted, "I really wanted to hit him," noting, "That's what they wanted." Then, gesturing to his head and smiling he added, "I learned from that."
Oh, and this is happening too.
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— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) November 14, 2013