Is Justin spiraling out of control? Not according to his friend Carmen Ortega, who had a two-hour heart-to-heart with the Biebs at a Miami strip club two days before his DUI arrest on Jan. 23. Carmen swears Justin is ‘just doing what any teenager would do’ and claims his partying has ‘been made into something it wasn’t.’
Justin Bieber may seem like a loose cannon, but his friend Carmen Ortega is coming to his defense in a new interview, insisting that he’s not out of control, he’s just misunderstood. Justin opened up to Carmen during his wild night at the King Of Diamonds strip club in Miami on Jan. 21, telling her that he feels “he’s under so much pressure,” and he “can’t do anything right.”
Justin Bieber’s Behavior — Model Carmen Ortega Says Singer Isn’t Out Of Control
Of course Justin is partying, drinking, going to strip clubs and pulling stupid pranks with his friends — what do you expect from a 19-year-old guy? Carmen asked during an interview the New York Daily News.
“He’s just doing what any teenager would do if they were a star with lots of money,” Carmen told the paper. “He’s a normal dude. What 19-year-old wouldn’t want to party with models and go to a strip club on their friend’s birthday?”
Carmen went on to explain that Justin’s night at the Miami strip joint wasn’t as wild as it seemed.
“It’s been made into something it wasn’t,” she said. “Sure, some of his party were drinking but no one was doing anything crazy. There was no drugs.”
Carmen Ortega: Justin Bieber Is ‘Not Out Of Control’
Despite Justin’s wild antics, Carmen explained that he hasn’t lost touch with his true self — or his fans.
“He really cares what people say,” she said. “He was saying that all this attention is ruining his career. He was really sad. He said, ‘I hate it that people make out I’m a bad guy, there’s so much media pressure. I’m not a bad guy, I’m just being me.'”
But does “being me” have to include illegally drag racing, getting a DUI and allegedly egging his neighbor’s house?
“I don’t agree with everything he’s done, but he’s not out of control,” Carmen said. “I feel he says and does things out of anger to the media, which makes it worse. He doesn’t quite know how to deal with the backlash or the attention.”
Justin told the model he didn’t know what his next move should be because he feels he “can’t do anything right,” and she advised him to “enjoy the moment, the right now, and not think about it too much.”
“He agreed and said: ‘You’re right,'” Carmen added. Sadly, that probably wasn’t the best advice for Justin — if anything he should be thinking more, not less about his actions and their consequences.
What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Do you feel sorry for Justin? Do you think he’s misunderstood? Let us know!
— Tierney McAfee