Justin Bieber has a lot of sympathy for his close friend, 18-year-old Kylie Jenner.
In a candid new interview with Billboard to promote his new album, Purpose, out Nov. 13, the 21-year-old singer says that being a child star is “the toughest thing in the world.” Bieber, of course, was discovered on YouTube by his manager, Scooter Braun, when he was 12 years old.
“I wouldn’t suggest being a child star,” he says bluntly. “I want people to be more kind to young celebrities. … I hurt for some people.”
“Like Kylie. Look at her world: She has been living on TV since she was a kid,” he continues. “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 … Look at the statistics on how many child stars have crumbled and turned out to be wack jobs. It’s because — it’s f**ked, bro, this lifestyle.”
Bieber acknowledges the “fake fantasy world” being a celebrity can sometimes create — particularly, when it comes to creating an ego.
“Like, oh, everything I say is funny. I must be the funniest dude ever,” he says about the danger of yes-people constantly surrounding him. “Only to find out, man, my jokes suck.”