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article imageUsher on Justin Bieber: 2013 missteps part of 'peaks and valleys'

By Marcus Hondro     Dec 20, 2013 in Entertainment
Justin Bieber's mentor Usher defended his protegé while talking with media on Wednesday before 'Justin Bieber: Believe' premiered in L.A. His missteps of 2013, the R&B singer said, are a part of growing up and the peaks and valleys of life.
"“The beautiful part about it is that those invested in a long term story, you understand that there are peaks and valleys in every person’s life some," Usher said. "Unfortunately the reality is he has to live with a camera in front of him, but what he chooses to do on or off camera is analyzed or scrutinized in some off way."
Justin Bieber: missteps and kindness
Some of the 19-year-old's missteps include altercations with the paparazzi (at home and abroad), being photographed smoking pot, being caught in a video urinating in a mop bucket while dissing Bill Clinton, speeding around his gated community and, recently, saying unkind things to a large female in a swimsuit.
Most of those occurrences, and there are more, are but alleged, and some possibly did not happen, or were exaggerated by the press. That's a theme his Grandma, Diane Dale, hit upon at the premiere. “I think the media has been terrible on him,” Dale said. “There are so many lies going around. A little bit is true but most of it is lies. It’s terrible.”
Itemizing Bieber mistakes wouldn't be fair without noting that he continues to, as he has from the start of his career, contribute to the lives of others. His favorite charities include the Make-a-Wish Foundation (in 2013 he became the first celeb to make 200 wishes come true) and Pencils for Promise (helps to raised funds for education projects around the world). He also remains active in an anti-text and drive campaign specifically aimed at young drivers.
Most recently he traveled to the Philippines and visited victims of the typhoon there, setting up a campaign at the charity site Prizeo to generate aid funds. The campaign raised $1,164,027 for relief.
Justin Bieber's 'Believe' coming soon
The film, Justin Bieber: Believe is out across North America on Christmas Day. Meanwhile, Bieber will turn 20 on March 1, and that may usher in a more mature period for the Canadian pop icon. That is certainly what his mentor, Usher, believes.
Peaks and valleys, remember?
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