Justin Bieber Should Get ‘A Medal For Smoking A Joint’ Says Michael Bublé, Bluntly

Justin Bieber Is Defended By Fellow Canadian Singer Michael Buble

It would be fair to say Justin Bieber’s cup of critics runneth over, but the 19-year-old also has an ever-expanding chorus of high profile supporters. Rather surprisingly, Michael Bublé now joins the line-up.

Given the current media heat around Bieber, Bublé has either just stepped into the line of fire — or reflected publicity. Either way, the 37-year-old had this to say about his fellow Canadian’s handling of the pressure he’s under.

“I think, for what Justin Bieber has been through, he is remarkable. He has handled it with dignity. I am a fan of the way he handles himself.”

The “All Of Me” singer, who is about to release his sixth album To Be Loved this week, also said Bieber should be given a medal.

“They should give him a medal for smoking a joint; it made him human – he’s just a kid,” Bublé explained.

Without specifically referring to Bieber’s recent press headlines — which have eagerly chronicled items such as the singer’s late 02 show, a paparazzo row, the saga of his as yet unclaimed pet monkey, not to mention the firestorm over the teen’s comments about Anne Frank —Bublé says he’s just grateful that he was able to grow up away from the camera before finding fame.

“I’m glad I didn’t achieve fame until I was almost 30,” the crooner told the UK’s Daily Star. “I had become the man I am, the man I was going to be. If it had happened when I was 17 I would have been a p****.”

It’s uncertain whether Bublé, who shortly plays 10 dates at London’s O2 arena in June, is indirectly calling Bieber a “p***k.” If so, that’s another story for another day.

The balladeer now joins One Direction’s Zayn Malik and Liam Tomlinson, Will Smith and his wife Jada, Ne-Yo, Jessie J, Steve Harvey, Piers Morgan, Chris Brown, Russell Brand, (a tentative) Ricky Gervais, Liam Gallagher and Charlie Sheen on the Team Bieber bench.

Meanwhile, Google and Wikipedia searches for Anne Frank have reportedly never been higher.

Go figure.

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