Former teen idol has a warning for Justin Bieber

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Justin Bieber gets some words of advice from former heartthrob Leif Garrett
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Former teen heartthrob Leif Garrett, 51, wants to keep stars like Justin Bieber from traveling the same path he did, which eventually led to drug and alcohol addiction.

"Do not believe your own publicity," Garrett advised Bieber in an interview with Fox 411. The 19-year-old pop star has displayed some questionable behavior over the past year, including showing up late for performances. "Sussing out who your real friends are is full-time work. Every scum bag, every drug dealer, every chicken hawk wants a piece of you.”

Garrett admits that things have changed since the height of his fame in the 1970s.

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“I mean our circumstances are quite different,” Garrett said. “This is something he really wanted to do and he achieved it. I was in acting. When you’ve got that sort of power at that young age, and everything at your doorstep, you put out that bad boy image. At that age, testosterone, hormones, all of the money, you see what else you can get away with.”  

When asked how he beat his own drug addictions, Garrett says it's much harder than it looks.

"It’s a tough one to beat. It takes your soul. It’s your lover. It’s your food," Garrett said. "I looked, like, crappy, but I was doing work just to get money to pay for it. I’ve been lucky. There’s a reason I’m here on this planet. I’m never going to hit 'teen idol' again and I don’t want to. I’d rather be behind the scenes."

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