Famous teens under fire
Swamped by fans, teen singing star Justin Bieber has asked for sanity. Is it all too much to be young and famous?
You’re handsome, 16, and girls scream with excitement at the sight of you. May sound like every teen boy’s dream, but for singing star Justin Bieber, the scenes of fan frenzy lately have been just a little too crazy. So much so, says radio presenter Nick Cannon, that a concert had to be cancelled for safety reasons after injuries to fans, and the teen’s mother was knocked to the ground in the airport by an over-zealous Bieberite.

Being teen, talented and famous is not an easy road to choose, even if all the proper care seems to be in place by parents and carers.

Despite having their parents with them all the time, the Jonas brothers have had to keep a firm hand on fan control. In their television sitcom, Nick, Joe and Kevin often depict scenes of being chased by crazy fans. But the sexy-cute siblings (now heading into their 20s) have experienced the reality in past years when they were swamped by fans at every turn.

The teen years are a strange mixture of adult and child, and the pressures of being famous tend to magnify this contrast. Case in point: Miley Cyrus, who was taken to task for posing for slightly suggestive pictures at the age of 15.

Parents, minders and managers have a tough job balancing the hungry beast that is fan attention, and the self-exploration of a teen with adult responsibilities and an income beyond most adults’ wildest dreams.

It takes 100% buy-in from parents for teen stars to have a hope of emerging from this maelstrom without developing a touch of the Lindsay Lohans.

In Bieber’s case, his mother started the whole thing by posting You Tube video of him singing, which led to his discovery and being offered a recording contract.

And of course Cyrus’s dad is by her side through much of her career, acting as her alter ego, Hannah Montana’s, father in the TV programme that made her famous.

But, parents or no parents, there seems to be an inevitable hiccup between cute teen sensation and mature adult performer, and the more you try to fight it, Britney Spears, the more likely it will go volcanic in spectacular fashion.

Would you allow your teenager to pursue a show business career? Are famous teens managed – and parented - carefully enough?

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