‘Every scumbag wants a piece of you’: Onetime teen idol Leif Garrett offers words of wisdom to Justin Bieber

National Post | Arts

Former teen heartthrob Leif Garrett warns pop star Justin Bieber his current fame could be obliterated in a flash.

And the 51-year-old Garrett would know. In the early 1970s the blond-tressed singer was the biggest teen idol in the world.

But then booze and drugs torpedoed the golden boy’s halo and the last 30 years have been a merry-go-round of therapy, scandal and late night punchlines. Now, Garrett is telling Bieber not to follow in his footsteps.

Sussing out who your real friends are is full-time work

“Do not believe your own publicity,” Garrett told Bieber, via Fox News. “Sussing out who your real friends are is full-time work. Every scumbag, every drug dealer, every chicken hawk wants a piece of you.”

Garrett said that although there are similarities between his career and the pride of Stratford, Ont. — there are differences.

“I mean our circumstances are quite different. This…

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