Justin Bieber knows all about fame, fortune and success. And so does Ed Sheeran. The pair also happen to know how to make beautiful music together, as evidenced by their collabo on Bieber's smash "Love Yourself," which Sheeran co-wrote. To hear Justin tell it, they're not exactly besties, but they got to know each other a bit during the sessions and JB now considers Ed something of a friend.
According to the NME, while speaking to BBC Radio 1 Live host Nick Grimshaw this week during an interview in his Los Angeles home, Bieber, 22, said, "I really appreciate his music. I appreciate who he is as a person. He's an inspiration to a lot of young people - he makes awesome music that people are inspired by and that people laugh to, cry to and I think it's important in music to have those people who bring the emotion out of you... There's something about him that just makes you like him. He's very likeable and very, very talented."
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Canadian pop megastar Justin Bieber (C) plays basketball with a young survivor of Super Typhoon Haiyan in Palo, Leyte province on December 10, 2013. Pop megastar Justin Bieber sang to and played basketball with young survivors of the Philippines' deadliest typhoon on December 10 after he flew into the disaster zone to boost an international relief effort. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 27: The winner of Champ of Charity singer Justin Bieber (L) and singer Cody Simpson onstage at the 2014 Young Hollywood Awards brought to you by Samsung Galaxy at The Wiltern on July 27, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The Young Hollywood Awards will air on Monday, July 28 8/7c on The CW. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images for Variety)
The "Baby" singer headed straight to the salon for a new makeover ... this time going blonde! (Instagram)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 23: Justin Bieber attends a VMA Pre-Party hosted by Chris Brown & Pia Mia featuring Bera on August 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Araya Diaz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JAN 17: General view of a Justin Bieber for Calvin Klein Billboard located on Houston Street on January 17, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Tomas/IMAGES/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 15: Singer Justin Bieber arrives at Omnia Nightclub at Caesars Palace to celebrate his birthday on the nightclub's opening weekend on March 15, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 07: Singer Justin Bieber attends the 17th NRJ Music Awards ceremony at Palais des Festivals on November 7, 2015 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 18: Justin Bieber and Corey Gamble are seen in Beverly Hills, Ca on January 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Light Brigade/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
Bieber, who has had a well-documented string of public mishaps and misbehaviors, also tapped into his own experience in the spotlight when talking about his hopes for Sheeran, 25, who is taking a well-deserved break now after a massive world tour in support of his last album. X. "Let's hope he doesn't... we gotta make sure he doesn't do something stupid to mess it all up," Bieber said.
The well wishes for Sheeran came during the same session where Bieber played some of his hits, as well as surprise covers of 2Pac's "Thugz Mansion" and Tracy Chapman's "Fast Car."
Justin Bieber also recently apologized for a super awkward interview: