What's turning Bieber into a 'zombie'
DRUGS are turning Justin Bieber into a zombie, said his former housekeeper, who also revealed her fears that he may end up like Michael Jackson.
Tatiana Voziouk, 47, said she witnessed some horrifying scenes in the year she worked with the teen pop star at his mansion in Calabasas, Los Angeles.
"The drugs and hangers-on are turning Justin into a zombie.
"I'm terrified he'll become the next Michael Jackson... It is heartbreaking. I have decided to speak out now as I care for him," Ms Voziouk said in an interview with the Sunday People.
She said that not only is marijuana delivered to the house by a company that supplies the drug legally for medical uses, but Bieber's friends are also drinking cocktails of cough syrup and soda. However, she said she never saw Bieber drink them.
The former housekeeper said that Justin was once a "sweetheart", but he is now a "lost boy".
"Michael Jackson began taking drugs when he was in his 20s. Justin Bieber is not even 20 and what is happening to him is so sad," she told the British paper.
On Friday, Bieber bizarrely posted on Instagram a photo of himself in a dark hoodie, waving outside jail, alongside an image of Michael Jackson a decade ago when the King of Pop was fighting child-molestation charges.
"What more can they say," read the caption.
Bieber, 19, was charged with driving under the influence after police caught him drag racing in Miami Beach, Florida, allegedly after drinking and smoking marijuana.
The Canadian - released on a US$2,500 (S$3,200) bond - also faces charges of resisting arrest and driving a yellow Lamborghini sports car with an expired Georgia state licence.
The drag-racing incident is just the latest in a series of recent negative headlines for Bieber, who has sold more than 12 million albums since emerging on the music scene in 2009 as a schoolboy sensation.
He was already under investigation for allegedly hurling eggs at a neighbour's house in Los Angeles - an incident that led police to search his mansion, where they seized illicit drugs and arrested one of his associates, Lil Za.
Lil Za, whose real name is Xavier Smith, is a wannabe rapper. But any fame (or infamy) he has acquired recently is linked to high jinks committed as part of Bieber's entourage. He was there during the egg-throwing incident.
He moved into Bieber's home last year of his own accord, the Mirror said.
Ms Voziouk claimed that the star's hangers-on would take drugs and throw parties in his house even when he was away.
She said there were times when Bieber could hardly talk, and he once had to be held up by a friend as he walked from the bedroom to the pool. His credit card would also go missing for days, and his mail would get thrown into the trash by others.
"One day I walked in and there was a huge bag of cash on a table. No one explained where it came from and it was soon gone. Justin is a victim of all these people who are around him. I feel sorry for him," she said.
Ms Voziouk said she tried to ask Bieber's mum, Ms Pattie Mallette, and manager Scooter Braun to help but failed to get through.
She no longer works for Bieber, saying she was unlawfully sacked but Bieber's camp denied this.