Donny Osmond feels the pain of Justin Bieber: 'I can really relate'

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Donny Osmond and Justin Bieber
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Donny Osmond is lending a sympathetic voice to fellow child star Justin Bieber, whose latest single “Lonely” stoked young memories behind the stage lights.

"I can really relate because I've been through it and I came out through the other end of the tunnel and I admire Justin because he's changed his life," Osmond told PEOPLE magazine in an extensive interview. "When you go from hysteria and people screaming your name and you go back to pure silence and you're so alone, you can't go out,"

The 62-year-old former teen idol rose to fame singing with his brothers as, The Osmonds. His voice carried him up the charts, but it wasn’t till the 1976 variety series Donny & Marie where he found true fame with his sister. That quick rise to fame created a gap of loneliness for the star.

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"I remember crawling up into a ball," he said. "In a corner and crying my eyes out really from loneliness. So I know what Justin's going through, what he's been through. And it was at that time in my life, I thought I need to take care of myself."

Justin was able to express some of those inner demons during his American Music Awards performance with Shawn Mendes, Sunday night. The duo performed the latest single “Monster,” strutting around a foggy dark stage, belting out prophetic lyrics. “I was fifteen when the world put me on a pedestal,” Justin sings, in reference to his childhood career.

“I had big dreams of doin' shows and making memories / Made some bad moves tryin' to act cool, upset by their jealousy.”

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