Four years and counting for J-Bibs

Getty ImagesLeif Garrett talks about the post heartthrob days

Getty ImagesLeif Garrett talks about the post heartthrob days

“Don’t believe your own publicity,” Leif Garrett says to Justin Bieber. Fox talked with the former teen idol about J-Bib’s fame. “When you’ve got that sort of power at that young age, and everything at your doorstep, you put out that bad boy image. … Testosterone, hormones, all of the money, you see what else you can get away with.” (Peeing in a mop bucket? Check.)

Garrett also has had some stronger words of warning: “Sussing out who your real friends are is full-time work. Every scumbag, every drug dealer, every chicken hawk wants a piece of you.” One thing Garrett left out was how horrible the inevitable plummet from the spotlight can be.

There’s a five-year arc for teenyboppers, and Biebs started in late ’09. He’s got about one year left.

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