Donny Osmond has offered his support to embattled teenager Justin Bieber, insisting he can appreciate what the young star is going through as he grows up in the spotlight. Bieber has been making headlines throughout 2013 for a series of gaffes and blunders, ranging from showing up late at concerts to urinating in restaurant mop buckets and tagging walls in Brazil and Australia with graffiti.
He has also found himself in legal trouble following reports of erratic driving and noisy parties at his Calabasas, California home.
Like many people, former child star Osmond has been watching Bieber's antics, and now he is offering the youngster a little advice.
He tells Closer magazine, "I'm just a normal guy, and Donny & Marie (pop duo formed with his sister, Marie Osmond) left me with such a wacky image. Since (hits) Puppy Love and Go Away Little Girl were such big records, I went through a period when I hated it.
"Justin Bieber is feeling the pains of this right now. Everyone thinks he's still the kid who sang Baby, but he's an adult, and he's rebelling to show people he's an adult.
"(My advice is) just let it happen. You can't change history. When you hit it so big at such a young age, time freezes in people's minds. You just have to live with the consequences until enough time goes by - 20 or 30 years, in my case. You get to a time when you end up embracing it."
Kim Kardashian has fired back at critics who mocked her decision to hand over just 10 per cent of the profits from recent online charity auctions to the typhoon recovery effort in the Philippines, insisting it's not the only donation she has made. Kanye West's reality TV star fiancee regularly sells off items of clothing and fan memorabilia on eBay.com, and she recently announced that money raised from several lots will partially benefit the victims of the devastating storms which lashed the Philippines on 8 November (13), leaving more than 5,900 people dead and hundreds missing.
However, the figure prompted some bloggers to attack millionaire Kardashian for giving such a small share of her profits to typhoon aid efforts.
The new mum has now spoken out to address the criticism in a post on her official website, claiming she doesn't make much from the eBay auctions after all the costs are taken care of.
She writes, "For people to attack me for giving 10 (per cent) of my eBay auction sales to the people of the Philippines, that hurts. I do eBay auctions monthly and change the charity or church from time to time. I give 10 (per cent) of all my earnings to charities, not just these eBay auctions. This month it's for the people of the Philippines, last month was Life Change Community Church.
"In regards to these eBay auctions, when the eBay numbers get broken down, the auction management agency that posts for me gets a percentage for all of their hard work, then eBay listing fees, end of auction fees, eBay Store fees, Paypal fees, etc., all add up to about half of the sale. Then I give 10 (per cent) to a charity.
"Truth is how the (number) is broken down, is neither here nor there. The people of the Philippines need all of our help, no matter how big or small... Giving comes from the heart. We all need to be reminded of this as we celebrate the holiday season this year."
Kardashian isn't the only celebrity to raise money for the people of the Philippines - Justin Bieber staged a surprise performance for Typhoon Haiyan victims in the country on Tuesday (10Dec13), while Victoria and David Beckham raised thousands for the Red Cross relief effort by selling off designer goods and other items last month (Nov13). Rihanna has also donated money to the effort.
Justin Bieber staged a surprise performance in the Philippines on Tuesday (10Dec13) for victims of devastating Typhoon Haiyan. The Baby hitmaker launched a charity drive to help those affected by the disaster earlier this month (Dec13), offering fans the chance to win studio time with him by donating as little as $10 (£6.70) to relief efforts.
On Tuesday, he arrived unannounced in one of the country's worst hit regions, Leyte, and performed a special mini-show for fans.
Bieber, who has been in Australia on his Believe world tour, later took to his Instagram.com account to share pictures of him meeting Filipino fans and videos of him singing Christmas carols.
In a series of posts on the social networking site he urged his fans to donate to relief efforts, writing, "Special show in the affected areas #pray4philippines. You've changed my life thank you... Flew to the affected areas in the Philippines, please do what you can to help... I saw the devastation first hand today. They need our help."
More than 5,000 people are thought to have been killed by Typhoon Haiyan, with many more left homeless.
Justin Bieber has hit headlines in Australia again after a guest at a hotel in Perth lodged a complaint over the star's behaviour. The Baby singer concluded the Down Under leg of his Believe world tour in Perth on Sunday (08Dec13), and he spent the hours leading up to the show relaxing by a swimming pool at the Hyatt Regency hotel.
However, a fellow guest at the hotel lodged a complaint against the star over allegations she heard him shout nasty comments at a group of young girls who were sunbathing in bikinis.
Helen Robinett, from Melbourne, tells The West Australian publication, "There were four young girls in bikinis. One girl who was gorgeous looking, with long dark hair and would have been about a size 14. Justin looked over at her and said 'What are you, Hawaiian or something?' She said 'No, I'm not'. Then he said 'You look like a beached whale'... The girl said 'Are you serious' and he said 'You should go on (weight loss TV show) The Biggest Loser'... The whole pool deck heard him call this beautiful young girl a beached whale. Everyone heard. And there was silence. It was almost like his security were used to it."
Hyatt Regency marketing communications manager Rachelle Taylor refused to comment on the alleged incident, but added, "We are a hotel, we have hundreds of guests staying with us, we simply cannot speak on behalf of every single guest that comes in and interacts with another guest. But obviously we want all our guests to feel comfortable and not intimated by anyone. We have security, as do any VIP guests, they have their own security."
During the last show of Bieber's tour, the singer thanked his Australian fans for standing by him during his tumultuous trip Down Under, telling the audience at the Perth Arena, "You guys have stood by me. I love you so much..." before later adding, "I'm sorry if I seem a little upset. This is just my last show, you know. I feel a little sad but I'm also really happy to be spending the last night here in Perth, Australia."
Bieber's jaunt Down Under has been marred by controversy - a member of his entourage was detained by police at an airport in Brisbane on suspicion of carrying marijuana, while the star himself was reprimanded by cops for allegedly making an insulting remark to customs officers. He also incurred the wrath of parents for starting a number of his shows late and leaving his young fans waiting, while the Gold Coast's mayor took aim at the star for daubing graffiti on a wall in the grounds of a hotel in the area.
Justin Bieber is serving up another treat for his fans this Christmas - a limited-release new album. Journals will feature all 10 of his Music Mondays releases and five brand new songs - but it will only be available as a download over the Christmas period.
Bieber started releasing new tracks weekly 10 weeks ago and the project wrapped up on Monday (09Dec13) with Confident, his collaboration with Chance the Rapper.
His new holiday download package will also include videos and the trailer for his Believe movie, which is released in America on Christmas Day (25Dec13).
Journals will only be available on iTunes from 16 December (13) to 2 January (14).
Justin Bieber is hoping his new movie will show fans and critics alike just what his crazy life in the spotlight is like - and people will start feeling sorry for him. The pop superstar's Believe concert movie hits theatres on Christmas Day (25Dec13), and he's hoping the film will help to explain some of the negative press he has picked up on tour this year (13).
Bieber has hit the headlines for everything from showing up late at concerts to urinating in restaurant mop buckets and he hopes his new movie will help get him back into fans and the media's good graces.
Speaking after a Monday (09Dec13) concert in Perth, Australia, he tells U.S. DJ Ryan Seacrest, "A lot of stuff has been confused because I've been out of the public eye... I've been on tour... so no one really knows what I'm doing out here.
"Believe is how you get back up when you fall down and really that story of what's going on behind the scenes... People don't get to see me living as a 19-year-old boy.
"I'm still finding myself and when I have the media attacking me everyday, it's no (different) than bullying that happens in school... I think this movie really shows who I am as a person... Of course I make mistakes growing up... and I'm not perfect... People forget I'm a human being (and) I have to make mistakes and grow stronger."
It looks like Justin Bieber's bad-boy rep has traveled all the way to the land down under. According to E!, the 19-year-old singer and his entourage were detained at the Brisbane International Airport in Australia on Sunday Nov. 24 under suspicion of importing drugs. And then, because Bieber can't keep his mouth shut, he was given a verbal warning for his use of "inappropriate language."
The Australian Federal Police (AFP) found cannabis on a 23-year-old man traveling in the entourage and issued him a notice to appear in court. In response to being detained, Bieber allegedly began to use foul language, resulting in a firm scolding from customs officers. (And according to The Sun, he insulted a female customs officer by calling her a "female vagina"... whatever that's supposed to mean.)
While the AFP could not specifically say that they detained Bieber, E! confirmed that they did speak to "a 19-year-old man." And considering that Bieber has concerts in Australia on Dec. 5 and Dec. 8, and that he has a habit of getting into trouble at airports, we're betting that the unnamed male was most likely the "Boyfriend" singer.
Now we all just have to wait to hear which animal Bieber tries to bring back this time. Better hide your koalas, Australia.
"I went overseas to visit my ex-boyfriend while he was on tour and we were in this place that I've never been and this, like, emperor... goes up to Justin and goes, 'Here, I want to give you this three million dollar diamond to give to Selena'. It was his wife's diamond!" Selena Gomez on the weirdest gift she was offered while dating Justin Bieber. She insists she didn't accept the diamond.
Justin Bieber was threatened with arrest by airport police when his entourage was detained in Australia on suspicion of drug offences, according to a new report. The singer and his associates were stopped by members of the Australian Federal Police (AFP) after flying into Brisbane International Airport as part of the Baby star's Believe world tour.
Two sniffer dogs reportedly targeted the group's luggage, and one of Bieber's crew, an unnamed 23-year-old man, was allegedly caught carrying cannabis. The traveller was ordered to appear in court to answer a charge of importing a border-controlled drug - named as cannabis - into the country.
An AFP spokeswoman confirmed the incident to the Sydney Daily Telegraph, and also revealed a 19-year-old male - later identified as Bieber - was given a verbal warning following a conversation with a female customs officer.
The newspaper reports the star refused to remove his hat and sunglasses during an inspection, and also allegedly made an insulting remark, prompting police to threatened him with arrest if he failed to curb his bad behaviour.
The group was detained for around two hours, and Bieber, 19, was later released without charge.
The news is the latest blow for Bieber on his beleaguered Australian tour, during which he has been accused of leaving his young fans waiting for hours by showing up late for his gigs. He also incurred the wrath of the Gold Coast Mayor after he was caught spray-painting graffiti on a wall in the grounds of the hotel where he was staying.
Justin Bieber is offering fans the chance to hang out with him in the studio in return for donations to the typhoon recovery effort in the Philippines. The Baby singer has launched a charity drive through Prizeo.com to raise cash for the desperate survivors of last month's (Nov13) Typhoon Haiyan.
Fans who donate anything over $10 (GBP6.70) to the cause will be entered into a draw to join Bieber in Los Angeles as he records tracks for his new album next year (14).
In a video announcing the launch of the initiative on Wednesday (04Dec13), the pop star said, "Everyone knows I've got the best fans in the world, so the moment I heard about the tragedy a few weeks back, I knew I could count on you guys to make a difference."
Proceeds from the charity drive will benefit UNICEF, Action Against Hunger and Philam Foundation.
More than 5,700 people lost their lives as the storms lashed the Philippines and as many as 1.9 million others lost their homes. The storm was the strongest typhoon ever recorded in the Philippines.