As it turns out my 6-year-old has become a Justin Bieber fan. I can't tell you how many times I have heard my son's version of "Baby." I'm a little embarrassed to say that I actually like the song, but let's be clear I have no intention of becoming one of those thirty-something moms that fawn over him at his concert.
In any case, as any dutiful fan would my son asked to see Bieber's "Never Say Never" movie. I didn't see any downside and we went. Now the movie was pretty cute and almost touching in a way. Bieber has a good rags to riches story and his dedication to becoming an accomplished performer is impressive. The intensity with which he watched the movie was so endearing. But it was then I also realized that he looked up to this pop star as a role model.
Honestly, it made me a little fearful for what was to come for Bieber in both his career and life. It actually matters to me now because my son will now see the accomplishments and the failures along the way of his role model. The trend is pretty clear with these types of stars and they almost always have some sexual escapade, drug overdose or other controversy that surfaces.
I have seen this happen to other pop stars in the past and found the whole situation almost entertaining to read and hear about. Not ever really having been at an age where their escapades would impact my life decisions one way or another.
But today, I am a mom and one that so badly doesn't want her son to grow up too fast. So, I have but one request of Justin Bieber: "Please don't become a mess, Spencer is watching."