Being Justin Bieber has got to be a surreal experience. Writing about him sure is.
The pint-sized pop star and his girlfriend Selena Gomez kicked off Independence Day weekend in New York and the Hamptons with the adolescent equivalent of a romantic weekend that, sources say, included playing patty-cake on a yacht and talking about dentistry over Thai food.
The “Baby” pop star also made Gomez scream, but don’t get any ideas. They were just rough-housing.
Friday afternoon found Bieber and Gomez aboard the 155-foot yacht Inspiration, which was docked at the Sag Harbor Marina.
William Coldwell, who was working on a nearby yacht, tells us that Bieber and Gomez joined a crew that included hip-hop impresario Russell Simmons and, weirdly, former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist.
Coldwell tells us that he and some of his fellow sailors photographed and videotaped Bieber, 17, and Gomez, 18, frolicking on the back deck of the yacht around 6 p.m. that evening.
“They were messing around,” Coldwell says, albeit in a chaste way.
“They showed affection, but it wasn’t like they were groping each other,” he says.
Indeed, the most risque moment in the video comes when, Coldwell says, Bieber “takes off his shirt and is playing patty-cake with Selena.”
Shortly after that, the Inspiration left port for a dinner cruise, says Coldwell, who, along with his friends, is entertaining media offers for the video.
A day earlier, Bieber and Gomez had midtown atwitter when they dined at the Siam Inn Thai restaurant on W. 51st St.
For those who’ve always wanted to know what the three-quarter-scale celebrities discuss over meals, a source who sat near the couple tells us Bieber and Gomez discussed “dental work” and the latest “Transformers” sequel as they dined on Thai rolls and rice dishes.
“All those little girls catching ‘Wicked’ at the Gershwin probably would have thrown their mothers off the balcony to get a glimpse if they’d known that Justin and Selena were just down the block,” says the spy.
Bieber and Gomez didn’t play patty-cake, but, our insider says, they were “playfully roughhousing.”
“Justin was holding her hand,” the source adds. “And then he did something that made Selena squeal, ‘Ow, that hurts!’ though she didn’t seem genuinely upset.”
The couple must have been in a good mood. Our source adds that when one young male asked for a picture of Gomez for his niece, their security guard politely shut him down. But then the Bieber-Gomez party picked up the guy’s check. Sweet.