Usher Defends Protege Justin Bieber on the ‘Ellen’ Show: ‘He’s Young’

While Usher’s protégé, 19-year-old pop star Justin Bieber, has been receiving negative press recently regarding marijuana use, reckless driving, and other public legal troubles, the “Climax” singer is defending his mentee, caling Bieber simply a young man adjusting to growing up in the public eye, which could be difficult for anyone.

Today (May 29), Usher visited the Ellen DeGeneres Show where he defended Bieber’s youth. “I think all of us in some way have humble beginnings that pan out to be incredible and we hope that in his transition, he has friends and family who has helped him be who he is.”

Ursh hopes Bieber will mature normally despite the spotlight. "He'll continue to just mature 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." When it comes to the recent public flubs from JB, Usher revealed he reaches out a hand of support towards the pop star. “I am hoping for the best…when I can be of help I do so. Reach out and stay connected."