Austin Mahone isn't Justin Bieber, in case you were wondering. Although the "Mmm Yeah" singer doesn't have anything against the pop star, he's tired of the constant comparisons.
Much like his Canadian counterpart, Mahone got his start by recording songs and uploading them to YouTube. It didn't take long for Austin to develop a following, and he soon signed a record deal and began churning out singles. His first proper collection of tunes, The Secret, hit retail shelves earlier this year.
During his chat with The Associated Press, Austin Mahone once again discussed the constant comparisons to the Biebs. Although he doesn't mean Justin any disrespect, he wishes people could just cut it out.
"I can kind of see where they're coming from, but at the same time, it's kind of obnoxious. They see a young kid who sings and dances and... they're like, 'Oh another Justin Bieber.' Like, you don't even know. You don't know me. You don't know my music. You're just making assumptions."Of course, this isn't the first time Austin has expressed his increasing irritation with all the Bieber comparisons. When Mahone sat down with the folks at Buzzfeed late last year, he had to field yet another question about the fact that so many people think he's very similar to his Canadian counterpart.
The singer said:
"You know, it's cool, it's flattering. But I want people to let me show them that I'm different. I want them to give me a chance. They'll be like, 'Oh, this kid's 17, he's got hair, he's Justin Bieber.' Like, what?! Just give me a chance, that's all I ask."Unfortunately for Austin Mahone, the constant Bieber comparisons don't begin and end with the music. Like Justin, Mahone finds his love life in the headlines on a fairly regular basis. Although the media isn't nearly as obsessed -- or are cruel and critical -- as they are with the Biebs, he's still fodder for gossip and endless unchecked speculation.
For example, the folks over at Cambio are curious if there's anything romantic brewing between Mahone and singer Becky G. Since they don't have any concrete info to share with the masses, they're forced to analyze the singer's behavior.
The website explained:
"When a guy gets a girl a huge bouquet of flowers for her birthday...does that mean he likes her? Austin Mahone reportedly did just that for singer Becky G on her big day, and since then rumors about their relationship status have swirled. Things recently got steamy at the 2014 Premios Juventud Awards, when Austin and Becky presented a telenovela award, and almost kissed. The smooch didn't go down, but that doesn't mean Austin didn't look disappointed about the outcome."Do you think Austin Mahone has a lot in common with Justin Bieber?
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