Teen pop idol Justin Bieber turned to Hollywood megastar Will Smith for support and advice amid the chaos surrounding his recent UK tour.
The Men in Black actor - himself a former child star - became a mentor and ‘father figure’ to the singer as what should have been a triumphant tour was rocked by a string of public relations disasters.
Smith was in London chaperoning his own 14-year-old son Jaden – one of three support acts on Bieber’s sell-out ‘Believe’ tour.
And according to one member of the Bieber entourage, the 44-year-old Hollywood A-lister was on hand around the clock to offer advice and guidance to the 19-year-old in the absence of his own parents.
Bieber’s visit to the UK has been mired in controversy. The Canadian turned up two hours late for his show on Monday; was hospitalised with chest pains on Thursday; and was involved in an ugly altercation with a photographer on Friday.
As his mother Pattie Mallette now prepares to fly in to support her son, The Mail on Sunday can reveal the behind-the-scenes power struggle that emerged as Bieber, who found fame aged 13 and is followed by more than 35 million ‘Beliebers’, pulls away from his bubblegum ‘tween’ image.
While Smith is a fatherly influence, it seems Bieber is increasingly under the sway of new Hollywood companions, led by little-known rappers Lil Twist and Lil Za.
Angie Simpson, mother of 16-year-old Australian singer Cody Simpson, another of the support acts, said: ‘Will has been helping Justin out a lot, mentoring him and offering him guidance.
He’s someone who is used to this level of scrutiny and it has helped having him around.
‘Justin is an adult and has a very strong, loyal and professional team around him, but it is hard for anyone to come under such pressure.’
Culled from DAILY MAIL
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