Usher on Justin Bieber’s Bad Behavior: “It’s Unfortunate”

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With Justin Bieber in the news again for singing a song filled with racial slurs, you’d think his mentor would try to distant himself from the troubled pop star. However, that’s not the case.

In his new interview with Nylon Guys, Usher, who discovered and signed Bieber when the Canadian crooner was only 13, says he’s not ashamed of his mentee despite his growing rap sheet.

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“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,” he says of Bieber. “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. It’s unfortunate. I hate some of the things I hear. Is it all true? I don’t know. But I will tell you this: Success comes with a price.”

“Every person that has grown up, grows through something,” he continues. “It ain’t just perfect from the beginning.”

Regarding his own career, Usher says that he has no time for negativity from his fans.

“In all honesty, I give one shit. I do hear them — that’s why I say one shit. I do give a shit, but not two shits. Two shits is a lot,” he says. “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.”