Usher doesn’t give Justin Bieber the same advice P Diddy offered him because sex, drugs and alcohol “wouldn’t really work” for the teenager’s image.
The 31-year-old hip-hop star was mentored by music mogul P Diddy, then Puff Daddy, when he first broke into the music scene as a teenager. He is now mentoring a young musician of his own, 16-year-old Canadian singer Justin, but won’t be passing on the same tips Diddy gave to him.
“I had Puff as my mentor, but I wouldn’t pass on any of the advice he gave me,” Usher laughed. “Hip-hop, sex, drugs and alcohol wouldn’t really work for Justin’s image. He’s headed in the right direction. I’ve told him to do everything I wouldn’t do.”
Usher discovered Justin when he saw videos of him singing on YouTube in 2008. He arranged a meeting, and then signed the teenager to his record label. He continues to work closely with Justin and is convinced he will be a superstar for years to come.
“He has this amazing talent,” Usher explained to Australian radio programme the Kyle and Jackie O Show. “He has the voice, the personality, he has so many God-given talents. As he begins to open up and go out of his comfort zone in music, he’s going to get even greater.”