Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber have been good friends for years. The songstress recently revealed she reached out to the “Baby” singer over her concern at the constant negative press he gets.
“I told Justin to take a bit of time out and people aren’t so obsessed with you and nit-pick,” she told UK newspaper the Sunday People this week. “When you’re not around, all they want is your music.”
“They want to see what the next thing is,” the 20-year-old added, recalling her advice.”But when your music is out they just want to talk s**t about you.”
From Cyrus’ perspective, the similarities to Bieber are probably fairly obvious. Both started in show business pre-puberty, went on to huge success, and both have radically overhauled their images in recent months.
But while Cyrus’ controversies centered on her increasingly sexualized image amid speculation about her somewhat subdued engagement to Liam Hemsworth, with Bieber the media’s focus has been significantly more vitriolic.
That’s not to say the 19-year-old hasn’t brought some of the censure he receives on himself. His recent encounter with a mop bucket and Bill Clinton, late show starts, and ongoing alleged issues with his Calabasas, California, neighbors — haven’t endeared him to some quarters of the public or the mainstream press.
But it is also clear the tabloid press have contrived and pursued a ‘meltdown’ Bieber narrative following various incidents in March during the London leg of his Believe world tour, that could just as easily have been put down to teenage growing pains and/or acting out.
These included; fainting backstage at a show, a run-in with a British paparazzo, a late concert, and the singer’s own defense of himself on his social media accounts.
Since that time, even when Bieber is cleared of accusations — for example the alleged hit and run of a paparazzo, or when a story is revealed as false (TMZ’s photoshoot rider, both paternity claims, Britney Spears mentoring and Demi Lovato slur items) — a general over-egging of everything the teen singer does, evidences the press’ intent to sustain the pressure.
“When you’re a worldwide star, everyone sees everything,” Cyrus said sagely, before referring to the speculative ‘is he stoned? orgy’ that greeted Bieber’s first Instagram video. “Lots of people make a video and put it on Instagram, some people might think it’s funny but because it’s Justin Bieber, it’s like really bad.”
Of that furor, the ‘twerking-loving’ blonde revealed the counsel she gave her friend and continues to.
“I always tell him just to be cool and not talk about it, because when you talk it fuels the fire,” Cyrus noted, before adding, “He’s still stupid though.”
But, unfortunately, even if Bieber wanted to he couldn’t take a break now. The singer is locked into his extensive tour for the foreseeable and has committed to delivering a new single “Heartbreaker” and album.
Meanwhile, Cyrus has been on UK promotional trip to the UK in support of her latest single ‘We Can’t Stop,’ and is expected to feature alongside Bieber on the rapper Lil Twist’s upcoming single, “TWERK.”