Usher Opens Up About Justin Bieber’s Troubles
Gracing the cover in a white, paint-streaked sweater, Usher talked candidly to the magazine about the advice he has given to Bieber amidst a year full of troubles that include a DUI, multiple paparazzi assault lawsuits, allegedly egging a neighbor's home, and most recently, being the subject of two highly controversial, racist videos (though this interview was most likely conducted prior to the release of these clips).
"I gave every bit of advice and always told him it was up to him if he really wanted this. Now that he has it, as an adult, it's his to manage," Usher reportedly told the mag (quotes via PEOPLE). "Do I turn my head in shame based off of what I see, what I know? Nah, I don't because it's all part of life's process. Am I in it with him? Yeah."
But just because he's "in it with him" doesn't mean he approves of Bieber's behavior.
"It's unfortunate. I hate some of the things I hear. Is it all true? I don't know," he said about the 20-year-old pop star's antics. "But I will tell you this: Success comes with a price. Every person that has grown up, grows up with something. It ain't just perfect from the beginning."
And Usher should know, revealing that he was mentored under P. Diddy at the age of 15 -- a process that helped mold him into who he is as an artist.
"Artistic development made me who I am," he said. "Somebody took the time to help me find what it is that works for me as an entertainer and who I am as a music maker."
The 35-year-old 'Voice' judge, who is set to play the titular character in an upcoming Sugar Ray Leonard biopic, also revealed that he takes his fan's reactions to his music seriously.
“In all honesty, I give one s---. I do hear them -- that’s why I say one s---. I do give a s---, but not two s---. Two s----s is a lot," he told the magazine of his fans. "I care enough to make sure they understand that I’m making it for them, but I’ve got to be true to where I am.”