Give Justin Bieber a chance. Why, when Justin is working so hard to turn his life around, does he get bashed in the cover story of the new ‘Men’s Health’ magazine, for proactively trying to grow up? Give the guy a break.
Justin Bieber, like most human beings on the planet, deserves a second chance to be the best person he can be. That’s why we can understand why he’s so upset about a “mean” new cover story in the April issue of Men’s Health magazine.
Justin Bieber Bullied By ‘Men’s Health’ — Haters Need To Stop
An insider close to Justin, 21, reveals to HollywoodLife.com that he is “really upset” about the magazine’s 8-page feature on him and that he “couldn’t believe” that the writer would say “such mean things” about him. “He is really hurt,” and we can totally understand how he feels.
Justin has been very publicly on an apology tour for all the less-than-stellar behavior he indulged in –starting about 18 months ago and ending sometime in the fall of 2014. That’s when the partying with a pack of pals ended, the aggressive paparazzi encounters stopped, the clubbing, the drag racing, the alleged egg-throwing and the mop bucket incident all became things of the past.
Justin got his act back together.
He started working out intensely, building muscle, getting lean and mean. He spent loads of time with inspirational minister Carl Lentz, attending services and Bible study groups at his Hillsong ministry.
Even though he broke up with longtime girlfriend Selena Gomez, 22, there was no girl-hopping. His steady close friend was devoted Christian model Hailey Baldwin, 18, and they were spotted doing downright normal things like hiking and bowling.
Beliebers could clearly see that their role model man was slowly rediscovering his real self — the guy that they fell in crush with.
Justin Bieber’s Apology Video: He’s Turning Over A New Leaf
Justin even confirmed that he’d had an epiphany about himself and was determined to be “better” in both an “apology” video that he posted online and in an appearance that he made on The Ellen Show. Justin did what very few stars ever do — he honestly and forthrightly apologized in his video, for coming “off arrogant or conceited or basically how I’ve been acting for the past year, year and a half.”
Justin explained in the video that he is a person “who genuinely cares and… I just want to be kind and loving and gentle and soft.” It was a surprising move. It’s so rare for a celebrity to put themselves out there and make a genuine confession that they feel badly about how they’ve behaved.
It’s even rarer for a star to agree to subject themselves to a pretty vicious Comedy Central Roast, which will be televised on March 30, as a way to mock all the mistakes that have gone down over the past year and a half, and to clear the way for the Bieber reinvention.
The ‘Men’s Health’ Piece Was Unfair — Justin Bieber Is A Talented, Hard Worker
I don’t understand why any interviewer given access to Justin — loads of access — would choose to use it to mock him and his applaudable decision to become a man, and a better man at that. Why start the Men’s Health piece off by saying that Justin is “offensive” and that “his success primarily depends on skillful producers and shrieking tweens?”
Hey dissers, have you been writing songs and performing since you were twelve or thirteen years old? Could you manage years of endless work, touring and performing, especially when you were a teen? Could you cope with the attention of millions of fans and boatloads of media?
Justin didn’t get his career handed to him. He worked his tail off at an age when most kids are in school, playing sports and goofing around. Justin is not just the product of skillful producers. He has genuine musical talent and an intense work ethic.
The magazine goes on to insult him for not having to deal with “all the crap the rest of us have. Like public transportation. Job interviews. Getting fired.” Etc, etc.
Hello: The Men’s Health writer didn’t do his research or even watch Justin’s movie Justin Bieber: Never Say Never. An unknown Justin spent months schlepping around the country to countless radio stations, doing interviews and begging DJs to play his songs. And he didn’t exactly come from a wealthy or even comfortable background, growing up with single mom Pattie Mallette, 39, in a very financially challenged situation.
So, we all agree, including Justin himself, that he veered off from being the person that he wanted to be, but now, as he works on his fresh start, all that Justin wants are some open minds from fans and critics.
We know at HollywoodLife.com that he’s hard at work writing new music for the album he’s producing this year, and that he’s champing at the bit to get back on tour. He was thrilled with his new Calvin Klein underwear campaign and he loved getting into the best shape of his life.
He no doubt agreed to do the cover of Men’s Health magazine and to spend a day with their writer, Oliver Broudy, so that he could talk about and demonstrate how he was really focusing on growing up and becoming a man.
“This has been a big year for me, as far as figuring stuff out. This is almost like a 180 from how I was,” he earnestly told the writer. He said he aspires to be “a class act” and confesses again that he has done things to “cover up for not being tough. Like the tattoos and stuff? Maybe that’s like a cover for being a softie?”
In truth, we’ve always seen Justin as a softie. He loves his younger brother, Jaxon, and sister, Jazmyn, like crazy, and has often told his fans that being a big brother is one of the best things in his life. He has been a softie for needy children and ill children, and spent loads of time brightening the life of “Mrs. Bieber” (Avalanna Routh) before she succumbed to brain cancer at the young age of 6.
So Men’s Health and other haters, it’s time to stop the bullying. Justin admits he’s made mistakes but they are very forgivable mistakes. He’s not a violent criminal. Most every 21 year old deserves a second chance. Give Justin that chance!
Do you agree, HollywoodLifers? Let me know.
— Bonnie Fuller