Bonnie Says — Justin Bieber — You're 16 & Working Non-Stop I'm Worried You'll Burnout!

Wed, August 18, 2010 6:58pm EDT by 9 Comments
Posted Wed, August 18, 2010 6:58pm EDT

Does Justin Bieber secretly have a twin? Or a clone?

He must — he’s EVERYWHERE! The 16-year-old singing phenomenon has done 46 concert appearances in the U.S. and Canada alone since last Dec. 23, and he’s sung on the Today Show, The View, Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel and George Lopez. He’s even become the “it” fashion accessory of the season.

Elle magazine photographed him in the Bahamas as 29-year-old Kim Kardashian‘s boy toy for their September issue and then Glamour shot him with a blonde model towering over his 5’4″ form in a six-page fashion spread the same month.

Listen — those shoots alone took at least a day each plus travel time. And he somehow found time on top of that to squeeze in shooting videos with Ludacris, Sean Kingston and Jaden Smith to promote his latest hit record My World 2.0.

The kid has traveled from the UK to Australia to Japan for concerts in the past year and he has been mobbed from one corner of the world to another.

Now he’s just tweeted his excitement about another upcoming gig — “performing at this years VMA’s!!! Last year I went and no one knew who I was and this year gonna PERFORM!!! Wild!! DREAM BIG!”

But before he gets there, he’s set for an Aug. 31 show at Madison Square Garden — “gonna be INSANE!!! Everyone come fill the streets! We are gonna try and make history!!!

Are you getting tired just reading about the Bieber bombers’ punishing schedule? How do you think he feels?

Listen, I’m sure he’s excited and just as thrilled with his huge success as he says. But he is just 16! And now he also has an autobiographical film and book in the works.

How can he NOT get burnt out with all these demands on his time?

Does the kid EVER get a day off? A moment off? And can any 16-year-old possibly handle the adulation he receives from his millions of young female fans, and even from other celebrities — like Katy Perry, Kanye West and Usher — most of whom are far older then he is.

It’s not normal. And is it even legal? California state law — where he supposedly resides — states that minors age 16 to 17 are limited to 8 hours of work on a school day, from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. But when school is out, he can work up to 8 hours a day and 48 hours a week.

I would make an educated guess that he has worked far more hours than this, even on school vacation time.

Yes, Justin appears to be maturely down with this all but then Lindsay Lohan, Gary ColemanMichael Jackson and Britney Spears all seemed to be coping perfectly with their fame and fortune at the same age. Then look what happened! Train wrecks!

Fame and fatigue can exact a high price on the young and talented. What is his young single mom, Patti Mallette, 34, thinking? She and Justin are from the small city of Stratford, Ontario, population 30,461, where she was income-challenged, to say the least, before Justin hit it big. Is she naive or just in love with her son’s fame and the benefits she gets too? Or does she genuinely feel she’s helping him achieve his dreams and financial security? It doesn’t really matter because the result could be the same.

“Of course Justin is burning out, he has no down time,” asserts Paul Peterson, president and founder of Minor Consideration, the non-profit dedicated to protecting working children. “He is becoming more and more separated from his contemporaries and eventually will become resentful of the grownups in his inner circle.”

Peterson, who was a child actor himself, points out that all the interviews, travel and rehearsals are ALL work. “Kids need quiet time,” he insists. Well yeah, we all do.

The other thing that Justin’s handlers need to consider besides burnout, is overexposure. “Justin has become a press hound,” saysmedia and image consultant Steve Sands. “He is trying to capture the audience while it is still high for him because most child actors and performers never successfully make that transition into the mainstream world” … but Sands believes Bieber is becoming so ubiquitous that “he would show up at the opening of an envelope.”

Oh! Harsh! But can I see why Sands would say that. After all, Bieber sang at the Teen Choice Awards, the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks, on American Idol, on Saturday Night Live and more, more, more.

I’m just wondering if the reason he famously tweeted young 15-year-old fan Kevin Kristopik’s phone number was because he is overtired and short-tempered.

Yes, I think apart from this one blip he appears to be handling the fame and pressure with maturity and grace.

But longterm, will he crumble?

So that’s why I’m concerned for the Biebster — can’t anyone else see that he could burn out?

–Bonnie Fuller

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