Barry Manilow prays for celebrities like Justin Bieber

Barry Manilow has confessed that he prays for youngsters caught up in the fame game like Justin Bieber.

In an interview on This Morning, the 67-year-old singer told Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby how the surprise success of his song ‘Mandy’ turned him into a king-sized ‘jerk’.

‘When 'Mandy' hit number one everything changed and I became a jerk I think,’ the singer said. ‘When I look back I didn't like who I was and I didn't know how to pull myself back together again, until one evening I looked up and everyone around me I was paying - all my friends had disappeared... so I stopped it and went back to being a real person.

‘This fame and success thing that knocked me over like a hurricane and I say a little prayer for the people that are younger than I was.’

He added: ‘I hope Justin Bieber has a good family unit because that will help.’

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