Justin Bieber Compares Himself to Amy Winehouse

"This life can rip you apart."

Justin Beiber
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Justin Bieber recently watched the new Amy Winehouse documentary (opens in new tab)Amy, and realized that he and the late singer have a lot in common. The 21-year-old pop star was moved by how much public scrutiny Winehouse dealt with, a struggle he also faces daily.

"I watched the Amy Winehouse documentary on the plane and I had tears in my eyes because I could see what the media was doing to her, how they were treating her," he told NME (opens in new tab). "People thought it was funny to poke her when she was at rock bottom, to keep pushing her down until she had no more of herself. And that's what they were trying to do to me."

Now, Bieber is attempting to gain control over his image so fans understand that he's vulnerable. "I just want people to know I'm human," he said. "I'm struggling just to get through the days. I think a lot of people are. You get lonely, you know, when you're on the road. People see the glam and the amazing stuff, but they don't know the other side. This life can rip you apart."

Bieber is often fodder for jokes thanks to his admittedly past (juvenile) antics—but all you have to do is watch him crying at the VMAs (opens in new tab) to know he's going through a lot. Sure, Bieber recently traumatized us with #PeenGate (opens in new tab), but maybe it's time to remember that at the end of the day, he's a normal kid who faces an immense amount of pressure. 

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Mehera Bonner
Entertainment Editor

Mehera Bonner is a celebrity and entertainment news writer who enjoys Bravo and Antiques Roadshow with equal enthusiasm. She was previously entertainment editor at Marie Claire and has covered pop culture for over a decade.