Former music industry executive and drug addict Marty Angelo has warned teen pop sensation Justin Bieber to stay away from the alcohol and drug-fuelled rock and roll lifestyle.
Mr Angelo worked in the entertainment business from 1965 to 1980 as a
television presenter, record promoter, nightclub owner and band
He threw himself into the fast paced lifestyle, becoming
addicted to drugs in the process.
Angelo was eventually arrested for possession of cocaine and became a
Christian before serving a six year prison sentence and turning his
Now an experienced prison minister, he is offering some advice to the
19-year-old pop-star amid conflicting reports about a raid on Bieber's
LA home during which police reportedly found evidence of extensive drug
Law enforcement officials have since denied these claims, though it
is not the first time Bieber has found himself at the centre of
In the past year he had his pet monkey confiscated by
German authorities after trying to bring it into the country without the
right paperwork and has reportedly been pictured smoking cannabis,
visiting strip clubs and drinking alcohol under the US legal drinking
age of 21.
Today, Sky News was reporting that the pop star has been arrested for
driving under the influence and drag racing in Miami Beach.
"Back in my generation, we wrote the book on abusing drugs and
alcohol and many of the friends and colleagues are now dead and gone
because of the way we lived. I never thought for a minute my friends,
Jimi Hendrix or Janis Joplin would die in 1970s from drug overdoses,"
writes Angelo in an open letter to Bieber.
"Did I learn from their mistakes? NO! Did I think anything bad would
happen to me? NO! However, everything came to an abrupt end for me 10
years later when the cops handcuffed me to a chair in the backyard of my
house in Miami. My party was officially over."
Angelo urges Bieber to take heed while he is still young, telling the young star he "still has a lot to learn".
"When I look back to when I was your age I can remember never wanting
to listen to anyone who was trying to tell me what I was doing wrong,"
Angelo says, but warns that falling into a cycle of destruction has
"Abusing drugs will bring you one of three definite consequences:
prison, serious hospitalisation, or death. Please learn from those of us
who have been down this road before it's too late.
"There is a better way and I hope and pray you quickly find it."
Bieber's mum, Pattie Mallet, who herself struggled with drug
addiction as a teenager and is now a committed Christian, has asked that
people pray for her son, rather than judge him.
"I think so many people go into the entertainment industry with
amazing Christian roots and they get influenced somehow," she said in an
interview with The Sun.
"I ask that people keep me and Justin in their minds. I pray for him
every day ... If Justin's struggling, don't kick him when he's down or
condemn him - pray for him," she urged.
Bieber hinted at his frustration with the constant media attention in a tweet earlier this week in which he shared an Instagram picture of
the papparazzi snapping pictures of him on the beach. He accompanied
the tweet with the comment: "This is how I get to enjoy the beach. :("