Lessons from Former Teen Idols on Surviving Breakdowns

Can Justin Bieber turn his recent arrest into something positive as pop stars before him have?
3:00 | 01/24/14

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We'll move on to Justin Bieber. Of course, his public arrest. This is not the first time a young star has been in trouble with the law. The question for Bieber is can he turn this negative into a positive like many young superstars before him? ABC's linsey Davis has more. Reporter: Young, famous and out of control from Amanda mines to Mccauley Culkin and with his arrest yesterday Justin Bieber is just the latest young celebrity to have both head shots and mug shots all before turning 20. This isn't the first time Bieber's bad behavior has made headlines from accusations of him spitting on fans, something he denies to allegedly egging his neighbor's house. When you have a young celebrity who gets into trouble they're young. They don't have enough supervision, they have money and no consequences. Reporter: For some young stars living on the edge is just a phase they grow out of. I never have to worry that like I didn't get anything out of my system. Reporter: But for others fame's wild ride takes them from cute to criminal. ♪ Reporter: At age 17 singer leave Garrett was high on alcohol and quaaludes when he crashed his car and paralyzed a friend. I was a monster. I'm sorry that actions I've done have hurt people. Reporter: Experts say Bieber's arrest may just be the wake-up call he needs. Hopefully this will be the event that makes him stop his bad behavior. Reporter: Yet sometimes it takes more than one brush with the law to scare a young star straight. Lindsay lohan has seen the inside of a jail cell multiple times and was in and out of rehab six types before she told Oprah she tried to get her life back on track. I don't think in the past I've ever fully surrendered to the fact that I just need to shut up and listen. Reporter: Meanwhile, some say Bieber might soon be singing the jailhouse blues if he doesn't change his tune. If he doesn't want to change he can kiss his career good-bye because it's hard to have a career behind jail bars. Reporter: For "Good morning America," linsey Davis, ABC news, New York.

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