What’s Really Bugging Bieber?

Cliff Renfrew / March 29, 2013

It’s been a tough week — make that a tough year — for Justin Bieber.

His alleged altercation with a Calabasas, Calif. neighbor garnered headlines around the world and fixed the media spotlight firmly on the singer once again.

But what’s really bugging Bieber?

“Justin Bieber needs professional help to discuss his feelings in private so that he can come to terms with being an adolescent and a public figure. He is definitely at a crossroads in his life,” psychologist Dr. Yvonne Thomas told Celebuzz.

The Los Angeles-based psychologist, who specializes in individual and life transition counseling, believes that the public should show more empathy toward the superstar 19-year-old.

Bieber still faces the possibility of criminal charges after his neighbor claimed that the pop star spat on him after being confronted about driving his Ferrari at high speeds around the upscale, gated community.

It was the latest bizarre incident involving the performer, who in recent months was kicked out of a Paris hotel, verbally attacked a photographer in London, and was also spotted on multiple occasions wearing a gas mask in the British capital.

“I am not surprised,” said Thomas. “It is a very hard combination managing youth and a lot of resources while trying to maintain an image with the rest of the world. It’s a recipe for a lot of stress.”

The psychologist thinks that Bieber’s latest alleged temper tantrum is a result of him not being able to express his feelings about dealing with the pressures of fame at such a young age.

And although the multi-millionaire pop star has been widely criticized by both the press and his fans over the last month, Thomas feels that people should remember that he’s still on the cusp of adulthood — and that Biebs needs to seek advice in a private and professional setting to help him make the correct adjustments before he could potentially make more serious mistakes.

“I genuinely believe that he is not a bad person but probably feels overwhelmed at times and allows these feelings to take over him,” Thomas said.

Bieber spoke out about the incident Wednesday, admitting that famous or not, he’s still human and makes mistakes.

“The biggest misconception about me is that I’m a bad person,” he told Us Weekly. “I get upset about that. I have a big heart. I want to be a good role model, but some people want me to fail.”

“I’m young and I make mistakes. That’s part of growing up. I mess up sometimes. It’s part of growing up. This business can break you down, but I have a strong team around me, and my family and all the fans. The love overcomes the negativity. I’m not perfect, but I’m growing and trying to be better everyday. That’s part of life.”

Thomas says acknowledging his faults is a good first step.

“It was a great sign that he admitted that he had made mistakes, but now he has to do something about it because there is a long history of young stars before him that could not handle being famous,” said Thomas.

“Somebody like Ron Howard is a good example of a person who did make the transition from child star to a productive and responsible adult and Justin Bieber can learn from that.”

Bieber performed in Munich, Germany for the next stop of his Believe World Tour Thursday, but not before the “Boyfriend” singer reportedly visited his former girlfriend Selena Gomez before jetting off to Europe.

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