It’s no secret that Justin Bieber has gone from a cutie patootie 13-year-old kid with (seemingly) lots of talent to raging asshole with far more bark than his bite that you wanna slap in the face. It’s pretty bad when even mentor realises that you’re heading down the wrong road, and indeed Usher has spoken out to say that he’s “hoping for the best” when it comes to Justin getting his shit together.
Appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Usher tried to be as diplomatic as possible about the situation, saying:
“I think all of us, in some way, have humble beginnings that pan out to be incredible and we hope that in his transition, as friends and family who have helped him be who he is, that he’ll continue to just mature.
“In this [day and] age of social media, there is no privacy and that kind of trial and elimination period is kind of done in front of a camera… Many other celebrities are products of it and some come out bad and some come out good.
“I am hoping for the best. I don’t look at it as a negative, though, I look at it as a teenager – he’s a teenager having to live his life in front of a camera. Imagine if you had to do that as a teenager.”