Usher: I’m “Not Happy” With All Of Justin Bieber’s Choices, Will “Punch Him”
Usher and Justin Bieber’s friendship may be unconditional, but the Grammy winner admits in a new interview that he hasn’t approved lately of all of his protégé’s decisions. Usher tells Billboard, “I can say I’m not happy with all the choices my friend has made.”
Usher and Bieber’s relationship dates back to 2007, when Scooter Braun brought a then-unknown Biebs to perform for him. They’ve worked together closely over the years, with Usher serving as Bieber’s mentor as the teen’s career exploded and, some may say, imploded, thanks to some legal issues.
Usher now tells the magazine, “Our relationship is more man-to-man now. He’s making his own decisions and it’s important to show support. I can say I’m not happy with all the choices my friend has made, but I’m supportive of him.” “I try my hardest to give as much positive reinforcement as I can. I’ll punch him in the f*cking chest when I need to, and give him a hug and kiss when I need to,” says Usher. “It’s more than just mentoring. I love the kid.”
And Usher loves helping guide others in general, which is what led him to join “The Voice,” which he and contestant Josh Kaufman won last season. He reveals, “My mom always says, ‘You talk to everybody like they’re your kids.’ I’m like, ‘I’m sorry, I was born to be a dad.'”
As Gossip Cop previously reported, Usher stood by Bieber earlier this year after a years-old video in which the singer used the N-word and joked about joining the KKK leaked online. Usher said in a statement in June, “At my core, I am a person that supports growth and understands without judgment, that growth often comes as a result of pain and continues effort.” He went on, “As I have watched Justin Bieber navigate difficult waters as a young man, I can tell you that he hasn’t always chosen the path of his greatest potential, but he is unequivocally not a racist.”
“What he was 5 years ago was a naïve child who did not understand the negative power and degradation that comes from playing with racial slurs,” said Usher. “What he is now is a young man faced with an opportunity to become his best self, an example to the millions of kids that follow him to not make the same mistakes.”
What do you think of Usher’s latest comments about Bieber?