Charlotte slammed the music industry for its "juvenile perspective on gender and sexuality" and laid into artists like Rihanna and Miley Cyrus. She spoke of middle-aged record executives who pressured her to wear more and more revealing outfits when she was growing up and who justified it by reminding her just whose money was being spent.
The anticipation at Bieber's balls finally becoming legitimate fantasy territory is nothing new. Kisses from child stars are usually the dream sequence of only fellow children, but that's never been enough for the world of showbiz; adults have long wanted to get into the act of crushing on super-talented underage celebrities.
Something very unusual happened today. Presenter Eddie Mair told us on BBC Radio 4's early evening news programme PM that they were going to play the whole of Charlotte Church's statement after she and her family had settled their case for phone-hacking damages against News International's now defunct News of the World (above).