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When Vanilla Ice was in the red chair he shared some sage advice for the likes of Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber.
The Iceman, who was on GST to promote his new show Vanilla Ice Goes Amish, was also a successful pop star when he was young, so when George asked the rapper felt qualified to talk about it.
GS: I also imagine with Bieber's tough times of late and Miley -- she's in a really complicated place -- that you would have a unique perspective. You weren't a child when you broke big, but you were young when you wrote "Ice Ice Baby."
VI: I wrote "Ice Ice Baby" when I was 16 years old.
GS: Right. You were a kid, relatively speaking. Do you look at them and think, everybody's different, but you know where they can go. Do you have an idea of what they need to do?
VI: One hundred per cent. I see tons of similarities and it's unfortunate for them that it's more entertaining to watch them self-destruct than it is to care about their new single. And we think of Britney Spears when she shaved her head... and she does the drugs, she loses her kids, Kevin Federline, all this mess, but she came out on top. I had a weekend that lasted a few years and it's like a snowglobe, it gets shaken up and it has to settle before you figure out what your purpose in life is. And then you have to transition from being a kid to an adult and that's hard enough as is, but throw money and fame in there and all the artificial friends you have around you telling you everything you want to hear and seeing your fans every day... you become a puppet. So you really don't know what reality is yet. And there's going to be a point where it all crashes and at that point you've got to figure out your purpose in life. Like, in reality. In real life."
Watch Vanilla Ice's George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight interview on Monday, October 21 at 7 pm on CBC.
"Ice Ice Baby" - Alliance, SBK Records
"Cool As Ice" - Alive Films, Capella, Koppelmann/Bandier-Carnegie Pictures
"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze" - Golden Harvest Company,
New Line Cinema, Northshore Investments Ltd.
"In Living Colour" - 20th Century Fox Television, Ivory Way Productions