Usher has admitted he "hates" some of the things he's hearing about his protege Justin Bieber.
The RnB singer has been a mentor to the pop star, who has been in the headlines in recent days after videos showing him using racist language emerged. Justin has also been in hot water over the last few months thanks to his behaviour and run-ins with the law.
Speaking to Nylon Guys about Justin's rise to fame, Usher said: "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.
"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."
Usher seemed to further defend the 20-year-old, saying: "I will tell you this: Success comes with a price. Every person that has grown up, grows through something. It ain't just perfect from the beginning."
It isn't clear whether Usher, who has mentored Justin for several years, gave the interview before or after the singer's latest controversy.
Comedian Russell Brand has also seemed to defend Justin after the videos emerged, pointing out that the Boyfriend singer - who has apologised for using racist language - was young at the time.
Talking on his YouTube channel The Trews, Russell reads from a newspaper article about Justin's apology and said: "It was ages ago when he used to have that haircut. You can't do him for stuff he [has] done when he had that haircut."
"Unless we're going to explicitly say the role of celebrities is we're going to make them really, really famous and then we're going to destroy them and rip them up in a public square with fish hooks, which, you know as long as you don't get round to me, I'm not against.
"But we might as well own up to it if that is what we're up to, otherwise just let him off. Of course it's wrong to say the 'N-word', but he's a child."