Carly Rae Jepsen defended Justin Bieber from the harsh attacks he has been under recently, blaming the media for the "brutal" portrayal of the fellow Canadian pop star. She was first discovered through Bieber, and soon after signed with his manager's label, School Boy Records.
Carly Rae Jepsen defended Bieber from recent scandals, as the pop star has had a tough coming of age in the past months. The 19-year-old has gotten into fights with paparazzi, been late to shows, and allegedly sped through residential neighborhoods in his Lamborghini, but Jepsen says most of it is media hype.
"I feel like Justin's a guy who's working hard every day, and I think the media can sometimes be a little brutal with stuff and over-exaggerate things," Jepsen told Billboard in an interview. "But I stand by him. I support him. I think he's a good guy, and he's doing the best he can."
She also said that despite the constant headlines about Bieber, she manages to ignore them and view her mentor as a source of positivity and a good work ethic.
"I actually am so out of the loop on any of that, to be honest. People are constantly like, 'Is Justin OK?' I've not really noticed any of that," she admitted.
It's hard not to notice the increasingly negative public perception of Bieber, though. Just recently another paparazzo got a lawyer when Bieber allegedly told his entourage to take his SIM card, the teen singer went shirtless on Instagram for his fans, and was attacked by a fan on stage earlier this month. It seems that even when Bieber isn't present, the headlines are about him- TMZ recently showed a video of his housemates, Lil Za and Lil Twist, speeding through Calabasas, Calif. and cursing at neighborhood women.
"Justin Bieber [is] 100 percent like watching Vanilla Ice all over again. It's exactly the same," Kid Rock told Howard Stern during his radio show. "The kid's young, he's got some money … It's just kind of sad to see him go down this trajectory. It's going to be a very long ride down."
Even Bieber is beginning to feel the heat. He was booed at the Billboard Music Awards in May while accepting the Milestone Award and felt the need to address the audience.
"I really just want to say it really should be about the music," he said. "It should be about the craft that I'm making. This is not a gimmick, and I'm an artist, and I should be taken seriously."