Justin Bieber Wax Figure Retired; Madame Tussauds Says Excessive Fondling to Blame

Justin Bieber’s wax figure at Madame Tussauds in Manhattan is being removed because of what museum officials call…wait for it…excessive groping by visitors.

All together now: Ewwww!

Yep, while the rest of the world is taking the teen terror to task over his recent walk on the wild side, Bieb’s waxy incarnation’s still proving pretty popular with the ladies. So much so that the statue has suffered substantial damage in the years since its 2011 debut. Most of the damage was caused by fans getting up close and personal for aggressive selfie-taking with the fake Bieber, a source spilled to The New York Post’s Page Six column Tuesday.

All of the hugging and loving proved a bit too much for Waxy Biebs — and the folks at Madame Tussauds, who have decided to retire the Manhattan statue. Wax likenesses of the star will, however, remain part of the collection at the museum’s Amsterdam and London locations.

Ironically, the wax figure’s retirement comes at a good time. After all, the statue was modeled on Justin in his “Baby” crooning days. With the pop sensation set to turn 20 next month, Madame Tussauds has plans to replace wax Bieber with a new, more “grown-up” model in the near future.

Let’s hope they also invest in a velvet rope and a burly security detail.