Listen up Justin Bieber, Sinead O'Connor has some advice for you
Published 10/08/2014 | 09:00
Sinead O'Connor has said the over-sexualisation of young popstars isn't restricted to women.
The legendary singer, who is on a promotional whirlwind promoting her new album I'm Not Bossy, I'm The Boss, said that Justin Bieber is the perfect example of a young male singer 'sold on his sexuality'.
''I think that people focus an awful lot on the female aspect to this, but it is also the males," she told Magic FM. "The very young male artists who are practically children or look like children are also being sexualised.
''Justin Bieber is a great example. When he came along he was only 16 years of age. Obviously he was extraordinarily talented, so I'm not trying to negate that, but he was very much being sold on his sexuality.''
Sinead has always been vocal about her desire to help protect new talent in the singing industry through her own experiences and added that stereotypical examples like Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera aren't the only ones affected.
"…Britney Spears, of course was quite inappropriately young to be sold in that way, dressed up in a school uniform. But I think that really people forget that the guys are going through it as well, and I think that is quite important," she added.
''The children are being sexualised too early and both the male and female sense of worth is focused on the way they look and whether or not they are attractive to the opposite sex.''
Meanwhile, O'Connor's look has virtually transformed in recent months after losing more than two stone due to a change in her medication regime.