The real Justin Bieber can't catch a break nowadays. Neither can the fake one.
The wax replica of the singer in the famed Madame Tussauds New York museum has been removed from display due to some grabby Beliebers.
"With no ropes or barriers to stop them, thousands of fans have had their photographs taken with him since then—but it has taken its toll," a source at the Times Square tourist spot tells the New York Post.
Visitors to the museum are encouraged to get up close and personal with the celebrity figures. But there's nothing like an overzealous Belieber to throw aside all restraint to smooch the mannequin into oblivion.
There are several wax Justin Biebers scattered across the planet at various Madame Tussauds locations. Here's just some of the fan manhandling that occurs on the regular:
Some keep the excitement for Twitter while behaving in the museum.
IM SCREAMING THIS IS MENT TO BE A WAX FIGURE OF JUSTIN BIEBER !!! HAHAHA OMFG IM SCREAMING ! BDDNJDJS XD pic.twitter.com/xVG3anFL9E— simone (@wildfIowerharry) April 18, 2013
Others struggle to fight their restraint and get close.
Some can cozy up like close friends.
For others, the rest of the world just disappears.
The left cheek appears to be Bieber's best cheek.
When we were in NYC we nearly got kicked out of Madame Tussauds because my sister started kissing Justin Bieber pic.twitter.com/9wsudWf19L— . (@banterjai) June 26, 2013
Me and justin bieber…well…his wax figure pic.twitter.com/qA1kwm2m7o— ♡ I Follow ßack ∞ (@TeamBieberGasm) October 5, 2013
But the other cheek gets plenty of love too.
Some fans are repeat offenders.
Others are extra curious.
Regardless of whether a Bieber is real or not, mayhem is sure to ensue.
Beliebers wouldn't dream of harassing his wax figures to death, or at least only his cheeks would be kissed into oblivion. Perhaps we should look at some other Tussaud visitors who contributed to his decay:
Oh my, not a fan I see.
Well that's not very nice.
We're noticing a trend here...
It's probably best that Justin Bieber gets a break from Madame Tussauds.
Luckily, the New York museum won't be Bieberless for long. Said Tussauds general manager Bret Pidgeon: "This is disappointing, but hopefully we can welcome a new 'grown-up' Justin back to the attraction in the near future." The now-damaged figure debuted in 2011 and was modeled after 16-year-old Bieber.
A lot has changed since then. So you could say the mangling of the mannequin actually performed a valuable public service, allowing the good Madame is molding a more realistic model.