No doubt about it, 16 year old Canadian pop phenomenon Justin Bieber and best selling British author and former SAS hero Andy McNab make for an extremely unlikely pairing, and at first glance their only possible link is the fact that they are both fans of Casio’s G-Shock watch.
Justin was born a year after Andy McNab hit the headlines with his best selling non-fiction book Bravo Two Zero. Justin was brought up as a single child as his mother struggled with low paying jobs.
Justin’s world revolves around the ephemeral and fleeting world of pop and he has frequently been mocked for his effeminate mannerisms and baby faced looks. His face adorns posters and magazines the world over.
Andy meanwhile experienced life in the school of hard knocks; he was abandoned as a baby on the steps of Guys Hospital in London in December 1959. As a soldier he did stints in Northern Ireland and later in the SAS during the first Iraq war, where a failed mission forced him and his team to attempt to walk hundreds of miles to Syria.
He deliberately hides his face because he is wanted by terrorist organisations around the world. But even Andy has his feminine side; he has shares in a line of women’s underwear which sells in leading department stores.
Justin is frequently involved in exactly the kind of security issues that Andy would be called in to manage. While promoting My World, Bieber was scheduled to appear at Long Island’s Roosevelt Field Mall, but the performance had to be cancelled because the event got out of control, and over 35 units from two police departments had to be called in.
On April 26, 2010, a scheduled promotional performance was cancelled by Australian police after several girls were injured in a crowd crush. He also needs 24 hour protection from bodyguards.
Both Justin and Andy have new works just released: Justin’s being his new album My World Acoustic and Andy’s new fictional bestseller Zero Hour in which once again, the hero Nick Stone wears a Casio G-Shock.
Justin’s net worth is rumoured to be around $25 million, and like most things with the highly secretive Andy McNab, his net worth is not publicised, but he did walk into a Porsche dealership a three years ago and buy a £74,000 Porsche on impulse so he’s not exactly starving.
The Casio G-Shock
As for the G-Shock, it’s been manufactured by Japanese company Casio since April 1983. The watches are well known for their resistance to shocks (e.g. hard knocks and strong vibrations). and chunky size. They were, and continue to be, designed primarily for sports, military and outdoor adventure oriented activity and practically all G-Shocks have some kind of stopwatch feature, countdown timer, light and water resistance. Recent models have become more luxury and design oriented. There are also several different kinds of G-Shock to choose from including Baby G, Mudman, Frogman, Riseman and the Cockpit series.