Barry Manilow Fears For Young Stars

Barry Manilow says he prays for young stars such as Justin Bieber.

Barry Manilow has admitted that he prays for young celebrities, including the likes of Justin Bieber.

In an interview on ITV’s This Morning, the singer confessed that he had allowed the huge success of his hit track ‘Mandy’ to turn him into a “jerk”.

“When ‘Mandy’ hit number one everything changed and I became a jerk I think,” he 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.

“But it [was] 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.”

Barry Manilow tickets are available for the singer’s four London O2 Arena shows in May.