May 31, 2013 04:07:18 GMT
The 'Voice' mentor defends the 'Baby' singer, saying that he's still a teenager and he will grow up.
Usher sat down with Ellen DeGeneres on her "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and had a chat about Usher's friend, Justin Bieber. Despite Bieber's wild activities, that include reckless driving, altercation with neighbor and cursing at the paparazzi, the mentor of "The Voice" still defended his young friend.
"We hope that in his transition, as friends and family who has helped him be who he is, that he'll continue to just mature," Usher said of the 19-year-old singer. "But you know, in this days 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."
Usher then went on saying that Bieber wasn't the only celebrity with similar issue. "It's been done [before, and] many, many other celebrities are [the] product of it, and some come out bad and some come out good," Usher continued.
"I'm hoping for the best," the "Separated" singer added. "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."
Bieber recently got himself into trouble after speeding in his Ferrari through his gated community in California. A spokesman for Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Steve Whitmore, said shortly after the incident happened, "The neighbor has complained Mr. Bieber spit on him and made some threats. Mr. Bieber's people say that it did not happen. Obviously, our detectives will determine what happened and take appropriate action."
NFL star Keyshawn Johnson, who lived on the same community and was taking his children for a walk when Bieber sped by, was reportedly "taking the situation very seriously." Whitmore added, "He wants Justin to slow down and be a responsible neighbor."