Justin Bieber paid tribute to his former mentor after watching Usher’s star-studded Super Bowl show.
Justin Bieber was blown away by Bailiff during halftime of Super Bowl LVIII in Las Vegas on February 11. Justin, 29, was in the stadium with his wife Hailey Bieber and witnessed the electric performance of his former mentor. The next day, Justin — who was rumored to join Usher, 45, on stage, but ultimately didn’t — took to Instagram to praise the “Yeah!” singer.
” I LOVE YOU, MY BROTHER. NO ONE CAN SING AND DANCE LIKE YOU. I love you from the bottom of my heart,” Justin wrote alongside a photo of Usher’s performance.
Usher took the entire stadium by storm bringing Alicia Keys, Lil Jon, LudacrisAnd HER. on stage for surprise performances. Two days before the Super Bowl, TMZ reported that Usher “reached out” to Justin about performing in the halftime show. Sources told the publication that the singers “spoke directly” to each other about Super Bowl plans, which unfortunately did not come to fruition.
Usher mentored Justin when the “Baby” singer was a teenager during the early years of his career, and they remained close throughout that time. Usher opened up about his friendship with Justin during an appearance on Howard Sternthe 2016 radio show.
“He’s like a child to me, so I don’t necessarily feel like it’s business, you know what I’m saying? I feel like I’m talking to someone who has struggled,” Usher said. “If your child is ever struggling, everyone listening to this bullshit right now understands that no one is perfect. You’re going to have moments. And if he does, I can only show him the reality of what happened… of course, we had some tough discussions.”
In 2022, Usher revealed to Additional that he was there for Justin during the latter star’s battle with Ramsay Hunt Syndrome. Justin hasn’t performed in several years and even canceled his World Justice Tour because of illness.
“As an artist, I think we’re all going to experience things that people don’t necessarily understand. I think [Justin] obviously took the world on a journey,” Usher said. “I’m happy to have been at the beginning and still be a part of it today, as a friend. Whatever he’s going through right now, it’s really great to see that he has the support of his fans and family.
Justin first shared his Ramsay Hunt Syndrome diagnosis in June 2022. He postponed his tour dates to focus on his mental health in September 2022, before canceling the remainder of the shows in February 2023. The singer from “Peaches” also suffers from Lyme disease.