Justin Bieber’s reps aren’t taking any chances the unpredictable pop brat will embarrass himself on a New York media blitz to promote his newest single, two years after his last world tour ended.
Spies tell Page Six that Bieber’s doing no live interviews, only taped ones, to cut down on any potential controversy. On Monday he came to the studio for Elvis Duran’s Z100 show to tape an interview that will air Friday.
“Justin’s people are so terrified of him speaking live, they’re doing everything pretaped,” a source told us. Bieber’s also taping “The Tonight Show” while in town, to air Sept. 2. He’ll perform on MTV’s VMAs on Sunday, and insiders say he’ll also perform on the “Today” concert series on Sept. 10.
Bieber’s publicly apologized multiple times recently for past bad behavior, which has included a DUI arrest and throwing eggs at a neighbor’s house.
In a recent mea culpa on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” he admitted: “A lot of times we pretend so that we can fit in, and we end up looking like the douchebag . . . That was kind of me.” His rep didn’t get back to us.