Leif Garrett warns Justin Bieber: 'Do not believe your own publicity'

leif-garrett-justin-bieber-gi.jpg Leif Garrett knows a little something about what it's like to be a major star when you're young -- and how it can all go terribly wrong.

In a new interview with FoxNews.com, the former heartthrob admitted that he knows what it's like to be Justin Bieber and offered the Biebs a bit of advice. "Do not believe your own publicity," Garrett warned. "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.

"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," he added. "He's also doing a lot of charity work."

When asked he if noticed any similarities between his high-profile relationship with Nicollette Sheridan in the early '80s and Bieber's on-off romance with Selena Gomez, he admitted he did.

"Fame, money is what tore us apart," he said of his old flame. "Nicolette just started modeling. My career was pretty much there. We would get along great or clear rooms. That's the whole thing with Justin and me. There was no in between ... really good or really naughty."

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