Listen Up, Justin Bieber -- Your Hometown Mayor Has Some Advice for You
But that’s exactly what the mayor of his hometown thinks he should do in order to get his public life back on track and the press off his back.
“Let’s hope that with some good guidance from those he trusts … things all come back to where they should be,” said Stratford, Ontario Mayor Dan Mathieson to IFpress.com.
“Stay true to the family and friends who have been there from the start. And lie [sic] low for a bit,” he added.
The 19-year-old hails from the small Canadian town of about 30,000 just outside of Toronto where he began singing in 2006 and was discovered on YouTube by manager Scooter Braun.
“No matter what happens, it doesn’t negate the fact that Justin is from Stratford,” said the mayor.
“There are some sad people out there taking great joy in another person’s challenges, and I find that to be very disheartening,” added Mathieson. “He is a celebrity, but he is entitled to some form of normalcy in his life.
“As far as I’m concerned, he is a 19-year-old person who has made some errors. I don’t condone them, but I also understand that we all have made errors in our life. I hope for his sake that he can get a reset, and get back to music and doing what he loves.”
Even Bieber’s former principal at Northwestern Secondary School says international fame aside, he’s still the same boy at heart.
“He was an everyday, average young man then and, in my heart of hearts, he’s still that everyday young man. We can put him under a microscope and judge, but that’s something I’m not prepared to do,” said Martin Ritsma.
“As a young person, I made mistakes. I’m glad no one put me under a microscope,” Ritsma said.
And they’d welcome the "Boyfriend" singer back with open arms.
“This is still where Justin grew up and if he walked through the front door today, he’d be a welcome young man,” said Ritsma.
And they just might get their chance. More than 200,000 people and counting have successfully petitioned the White House to send the pop star back where he came from.
But Bieber is still thankful for the other words of encouragement: "Never forget where you come from or those who supported you before anyone else," he wrote on Twitter about the article. "Still the small town kid. Thanks."