LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 04: Justin Bieber performs live on stage at 02 Arena on March 4, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Jim Dyson/Getty Images)
Updated: March 7, 2013 9:17AM
It’s March, but it’s early enough to circle back to those New Year’s resolutions we made two months ago. And, the one person who might want to get out the brightest highlighter he can find to underscore his list of do’s and don’ts is Justin Bieber.
From angry fans to club drama, the star has had a rough few days. Here are some five tips on how he can right his ship before the waters get choppier.
1. Use your head
This is easier said than done when you’re a teenager who can literally buy and do whatever you want. But, with great power comes great responsibility, right? Bieber definitely should have kept that adage in mind when he reportedly attempted to get BFF Jaden Smith, 14, and a 17-year-old female companion into London’s Cirque Du Soir nightclub to celebrate his 19th birthday on Friday. Bieber tweeted “Worst birthday” that night, but later clarified on his Instagram account that the story surrounding his sour night was not being reported accurately. “The funny moment when people believe I brought underage people to a club,” he wrote. “U think Will [Smith, Jaden’s father] is letting his 14 year old in a club, I don’t think so.”
2. Log off
Yes, he’s a Millennial and, yes, he’d probably rather eat his own toenails than pull the plug on his social media accounts, but some time off might be the ticket. Still sounding off about the birthday nightclub drama involving Jaden Smith, Bieber continued on Instagram: “I love how the club wanted to give the press another reason to why we didn’t stay at their weak [expletive] club so they wouldn’t look bad for me walking in and right back out. i said ‘worst bday’ but that was due to dummies pushing over my fans and being overly aggressive. Btw it wasn’t the worst bday cuz all my friends from back home flew in I was just mad in the moment.” Oh, Justin.
3. Buy a shirt, and pull those pants up!
The Biebz has grown into a handsome, muscular young man, but that doesn’t exclude him from having to wear clothes — and ones that actually fit — in public. Paparazzi caught him headed to his hotel shirtless and in a pair of skinny jeans slung so low that most of his boxer-brief-clad rear end was exposed. Sagging pants aside, actress Olivia Wilde found the no-shirt looking annoying and voiced her opinion on Twitter. “Bieber, put your [expletive] shirt on. (unless you lost all your shirts in a fire in which case my condolences and please purchase a new shirt.)”
4. Get another stylist
Deciding not to wear a shirt is a personal decision, but donning a gas mask while on a shopping trip smacks of contrived flamboyance. For some reason, the Bieber team thought it would be a good idea to put the singer in the frightening, face-obscuring mask. We get that he wants some privacy, but there are other ways to go about it, like, say, using back doors or arranging to shop privately after-hours.
And while we’re on the subject of style: Burn that gaudy yellow-studded baseball cap. The hat is so ugly, in fact, that “Lost” co-creator Damon Lindelof couldn’t stop tweeting about it — for nine hours. Among the highlights: “Bieber’s hat is like one of those plants that looks that way to protect itself from predators.” And, “Tweeting about Bieber’s Hat is like unlimited breadsticks at The Olive Garden. I should stop, but I can’t.”
And one more thing: Stop wearing two watches. They obviously don’t work. (See next piece of advice.)
5. Do your job
If you have a job to do, do it — and well. Sure, musicians have been known to keep fans waiting, but punctuality will always trump any excuse. After leaving fans waiting for a reported two hours on the opening night of his four-show engagement at London’s O2 Arena on Monday, Bieber faced the wrath of thousands of young fans and their parents, who, according to the Daily Mail, left the show early when Justin was still a no-show after 10 p.m. Again, Bieber took to social media to explain his side of the story.
“Since I have been here it hasn’t been easy with the press at times but I have loved it. so let me say this,” he tweeted Tuesday. “Last night I was scheduled after 3 opening acts to go on stage at 935 not 830 but because of some technical issues i got on at 10:10 so I was 40 min late to stage. There is no excuse for that and I apologize for anyone we upset. However it was great show and Im proud of that. and tonight we will run on time and look forward to putting on an amazing show for everyone in attendance. My relationship with the media is not always easy but Im trying. Im all about the music and the performance and I respect my fans. Now we have a show to do today and Im gonna focus on the positive and put on a great show tonight here in London.”
Hey, at least the kid apologized.