Expert: Selena Gomez Should 'Lay Low' Following Bieber Twitter Hate
Teen heartthrob Justin Bieber recently broke millions of young girls' hearts when he publicly confirmed his romance with pop star Selena Gomez by sneaking in some PDAs at the Vanity Fair Oscars party on Sunday. Justin's hardcore fans aired their grievances over "Jelena" on Twitter and some even went so far to make threats on the Disney star's life.
How can Justin and Selena both deal with the fan hate surrounding their romance without alienating their fans? Celebuzz spoke with Monica Cost, celebrated columnist for EURWeb and branding expert, who helped map out the next steps for the young couple.
Monica explains that it can be hard for male teen stars to get into relationships with women (famous or not famous) since they are often placed "in a position where the fans feel that they are in a place of ownership" over the celeb. Justin's fans are an important and involved part of his life and he actively pursues an engaged relationship with his Beliebers through Twitter and Facebook, so it is easy to see why many of his fans would feel like they "own" the young star.
Monica also explains that Justin and Selena's relationship may prove to problematic for some fans since she is older (18) and he is still viewed a "the young teen heartthrob."
As for how they should address the Twitter hate, Monica suggests that Justin make the first move.
"He has to say something first," Monica explains. "I would have him address it on Twitter but not in a deliberate [separate press] interview since it would give the haters a voice. Selena should lay low for awhile."
"He should say something like, 'I just want the fans to know that I still love them and I'm still here'," says Monica. However, Monica notes that Justin shouldn't shy away from the fact that he is "acting like a normal teenager" and getting into a relationship with girl. That's what teenagers do, after all!
"On Twitter, the fans forget that [the celebrity they're bashing] is human," Monica continues. "Over the computer it is just so easy to just...say it and there is no accountability on Twitter. When you are getting bullied or hated on, you have to pull back."
As for how the Biebs and SelGo should act now that they are an official item, Monica says she wouldn't change anything about their behavior.
"I wouldn't have them do more [press appearances] than they are doing," Monica explains. "However, I would brand Selena in a less sexy way, more jeans and t-shirts and not so much red lipstick and high buns." Those looks, says Monica, may draw attention to the fact that Selena is older than Justin.
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