And the streak continues…
One after another, child star rehab. The latest: Selena Gomez. Her publicists have released a statement:
"Selena voluntarily spent time at Meadows but not for substance abuse."
According to TMZ though, “it was a combination of problems, including alcohol, pot and prescription Ambien”. Also…Justin Bieber. Being around him was a bad influence. It was a lifestyle that she wanted to stop. Which is why she cancelled her tour through Australia and Asia and went to get help.
Apparently Selena was in for two weeks. She’s now receiving out-patient treatment. But there was a brief reconciliation with JB some time in the new year, right before the egging incident. Habits are hard to break.
Look, I’m all over blaming JB. And, certainly, being around him can’t have helped. But this is more than a sh-tty boyfriend. This is fame in childhood. And working adult hours with adult expectations and making adult money and being the adult for your family, supporting your family, when you are still trying to figure yourself out.
I sound repetitive, I know. But the trend is right there. And still it keeps happening. It will keep happening. Because for some reason, people keep ignoring the giant f-cking HAZARD sign in front of child stardom.
Are there exceptions? Certainly there are exceptions, exceptions with common characteristics. Like Beyonce and Justin Timberlake. What do they have in common? When Beyonce and Justin Timberlake started out, they were part of a group. B may have meangirled her way through Destiny’s Child but being a member of an ensemble at the beginning had to have made a difference in those formative years of collective experience. The shock of fame was spread around, shared. Same goes for Justin Timberlake. Fascinating, right? Is there a better chance of avoiding f-ck ups when you start off not going solo? Or if you’re British?
If I were the Dean of the Faculty of Celebrity Studies at a liberal arts university somewhere in New England, we would be discussing this today.
Attached – Selena Gomez out in LA yesterday carrying the Jenny Backpack by the Frye Company. .