Justin Bieber: 'I Want People to Be More Kind to Young Celebrities'

Zoey Grossman
Justin Bieber photographed on Oct. 14, 2015 at Quixote in West Hollywood, Calif.

“I wouldn’t suggest being a child star,” Justin Bieber tells Billboard in its latest cover story. “It’s the toughest thing in the world.”

Because Bieber has plenty of experience with the pitfalls of fame, it's not surprising that he's pretty sympathetic to young people in the public eye. 

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“I want people to be more kind to young celebrities,” he says. “Like Kylie [Jenner]. Look at her world: She has been living on TV since she was a kid. Every time she’s looking around she sees a camera, and that’s affecting how she’s thinking and how she’s perceiving people and why she has to do certain things ... Situations that happen taint your mind, especially in this industry. Especially for girls.”

“Everything is so [based] on people’s looks and stuff, " he continued. "... Look at the statistics on how many child stars have crumbled and turned out to be wack jobs. It’s because -- it’s f—ed, bro, this lifestyle.”

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Read Billboard's full cover story with Justin Bieber here