Ne-Yo believes in Justin Bieber.
The R&B singer-songwriter has praised the younger star for apologizing for his missteps, adding that he thinks the Canadian is genuinely sorry for his mistakes.
Speaking to MTV News, Ne-Yo showed support, saying, “I think it was very big of Justin to apologise, especially as I feel like it was a sincere apology.”
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The 32-year-old hitmaker went on to state, “I feel like he really knows that he made a lot of mistakes and he was sincere and genuinely sorry for it and yeah, I definitely feel like Justin will be able to come back, he’s a talented guy.”
Ne-Yo continued, “Beyond all of the scandal and all of that stuff, let’s not forget that he’s a talented guy, he really can play those instruments, he really can sing, he’s a talent guy. As long as the talent is there, you can always come back. So, yeah, I’m anticipating Justin Bieber’s comeback.”
Over the last two weeks, Bieber has consciously stepped back into the spotlight with two appearances on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, in between which he posted a candid, soul-searching apology video.
The 20-year-old was first interviewed on the popular daytime show on January 29, during which he appeared nervous.
Hours afterwards, in a video shared to his Fahlo and Facebook accounts, he described his past behavior as “arrogant” and “conceited,” adding that he now wanted “to make the best impression on people.”
Fast forward to earlier this week, in addition to appearing in an episode of The Doctors to surprise a teenage burns survivor, Justin was seen on Thursday’s edition of Ellen, during which he said he’s not proud of his exploits over the past few years.
Ruefully, Justin replied, “I thought I just looked really extra nervous and I kinda just wanted to explain myself.”
He also explained that he posted his famous confession/apology video “to just let people know that I’m human.”
The comedienne-host said she understood, then added that people seem to find it hard to imagine celebrities get nervous. It was implied in that moment that when someone famous then does say they’re nervous, they are not believed.
In a lengthy answer, Justin replied, “Well, I am a human. Right?”
He went on to say, “People often forget that, even with their comments and stuff they think it doesn’t get to me. But, it gets to me. You know things that people say bothers me and I gotta be strong enough to just keep it pushing,” he explained, adding, “But, yeah, that’s why I just wanted to make a video to just let people know that I’m human.”
“I love people, I love, love, I love. I’m passionate about things, and I’m passionate about being better and growing,” he insisted.
Justin finished, “So I think that this is going to be an awesome chapter in my life and I’m so glad that I have you guys supporting me.”
While the media and general public appears to be divided over the Biebs’ mea culpa, it is clear Ne-Yo is rooting for him all the way.
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