Justin Bieber Prima Donna, or Just Stressed?

Justin Bieber  Prima Donna, or Just Stressed?Prima Donna, or Just a “Stressed out Kid”?

If you have “Bieber Fever”, you’re most likely sympathetic with the difficult week Justin Bieber has had.

On his 19th birthday, he and his “entourage” were thrown out of a London club.  In turn he tweeted, “worst birthday ever”.  Last Monday he was an hour late for a concert appearance, resulting in angry parents.  On Thursday, he collapsed during a concert, was given oxygen and examined by EMT’s backstage, and finished the concert.  He stayed overnight at the hospital, and was released with no explanation.  Friday, he had a “profanity laced” altercation with a London paparazzo.  The video was seen all over the world.

Sunday, a posted message revealed that he was cancelling his second concert in Portugal on March 12th.

The show’s promoter, Everything is New, posted a message on Sunday announcing that Bieber was cutting short his visit to the country. “Due to unforeseen circumstances, Justin Bieber was forced to cancel the second operation, in Portugal, on 12 March.”  “The Canadian singer is eager to play for the Portuguese fans on 11 March.” The show was slated to take place at the Pavilhao Atlantico. As of Monday morning (March 11), Bieber had not commented on the cancellation other than a tweet on Sunday that read, “#sundayfunday.”

Who is Justin Bieber, or more precisely, what has he become?  Is he a good kid, who is going through a difficult time dealing with fame and fortune?  Or, is he a spoiled prima donna, an immature young man who thinks he has become a very important person?

This wouldn’t be the first time a pop star has placed himself in a position of importance greater than his fans.  And it’s not just pop stars, we’ve seen it in professional athletes who have survived difficult conditions during childhood, including poverty.

Is Bieber no more than a young man or woman who received exorbitant amounts of money and fame at an age when deciding what to wear to high school is a major decision?  Time will tell.  I hope he “gets his act together”.

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express

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