Justin Bieber Defends Kanye West, Addresses Rumored Fallout

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When Justin Bieber hit the studio with Kanye West, there was nothing but mutual respect between the two. And despite all the fallout rumors, Biebs defends the outspoken rapper in the new July/August 2011 issue of XXL magazine, saying:

“I got to be in the studio with him and work with him and see how he works and talk to him—and talk to him as a friend, and not like someone [in] business. He’s not really an a**hole like everyone makes him out to be. I mean, he can, he can do bad things, but he’s really generally a good guy.”

The two musicians struck up a friendship on Twitter earlier this year after a series of praising messages.

West told the “Baby” singer, “Maybe we can do something together. Me, You and Raekwon.” The pair eventually recorded a remix of Kanye’s track, “Runaway Love,” along with a cameo from Wu-Tang Clan rapper Raekwon.

XXL’s full interview with Justin Bieber appears in the July/August 2011 issue, which is currently on stands. Be sure to follow Celebuzz on on TwitterFacebook and Tumblr for more Justin Bieber news, pics and videos!