Justin Bieber and Floyd Mayweather have been buddies for a few years now, doing the kinds of things 21-year-old pop stars and 38-year-old undefeated champs tend to do when they’re in the same room: launch apps, box shirtless, wear sunglasses indoors. You know, totally normal stuff like that.
So it should come as no surprise that the two have each other’s back. In the past, Mayweather has defended Bieber’s music (we think?) to reporters, and Bieber has called Money a “clean-cut guy.” Now, Biebs is doubling down, in a Complex cover story that truly is the gift that keeps on giving.
In the interview, Bieber is asked whether or not hanging out with people like Mayweather makes him an easy target for critics. In his response, Bieber basically said that Mayweather’s haters are stupid for hanging onto to his every word – because he’s an entertainer who knows how to work the system.
“With Floyd, he’s just an image,” Bieber said. “I think he may not do the best job at being humble, but that’s not his job. I mean, it’s good to see people that are just humble and cool and down-to-earth and chill, but he’s trying to get pay-per-view numbers. He’s saying wild stuff just for attention. When people can just stop being stupid – sorry to say that – but when people can stop reading into it so much and just look at the fact that he’s doing this for entertainment…”
Hey, at least Bieber apologized for calling us stupid. And he does have a point: Mayweather routinely says and does outrageous things to hype pay-per-views, which, in turn leads to huge paydays. There’s a reason he’s the world’s highest-paid athlete, after all. But is it stupid to criticize a vain, vindictive guy with a dark history of domestic violence? What would Jesus do, Biebs?