Justin Bieber's Instagram photograph with his mentor and famed actor Will Smith has become the most liked out of all images featured on the popular website in 2013.
Bieber, the 19-year-old Canadian crooner, posted an image with himself and 45-year-old actor Smith titled, "Me and uncle Will" last August. According to Rumor Fix reports, the image became the most popular on Instagram this year, garnering 1.5 million likes and over 60,000 comments.
Last month the 19-year-old Canadian crooner and his manager Scooter Braun revealed how much of a mentor Smith is to the singer to The Hollywood Reporter. After going through a tough time last May, Braun said Bieber was touched to know how invested Smith was in him.
"He said, 'Man, that makes me feel so loved,'" Braun told THR of Bieber's reaction to Smith reaching out to him. "'I woke up, and there's Will Smith, one of, if not the, biggest movie stars on the planet. He took time out of his day for me.' "
Braun said Smith and Bieber speak each week about any issues that the singer may have in his life. However, the movie star told Braun that Bieber needs to go through the growing pains detailed in media headlines almost weekly.
"He's telling me: 'Justin's got to go through it. You can't stop him from going through it,'" Braun revealed about Smith's insight on Bieber. "'That's youth in itself. He's a young man who's growing up, and that's what makes him interesting and relatable. Otherwise, he'd be some kind of weird robot.'"
Earlier this year Smith, whose 15-year-old son Jaden has been public about his friendship with 19-year-old Bieber, defended the Canadian pop star amid negative media reports.
"For me the most important thing was for him to know anytime he can call and I'll come whatever happens," Smith told Extra correspondent Angie Martinez at the premiere of "Free Angela And All Political Prisoners."
"At that age that's what you need to know you can do what ya gonna do, but you have somewhere you can go, where you can find safety."