Whether you love him or hate him, Justin Bieber has been a staple of the entertainment industry for almost a decade now. While Kate McKinnon’s take on the Beeb’s trademark nods and poses on Saturday Night Live were meant to poke fun at the singer’s seemingly narcissistic behavior, such jest solidifies him as a household name. In fact, Bieber has shown such good humor in situations where he’s the joke, that you can’t help but like him. His emotional breakdown after his VMA performance of “What Do You Mean” was also particularly humbling, considering that the official music video already has over 22 million views since its release last week.
As a result, the 21-year-old has earned some surprising friends in high places. You may have missed these connections due to the media’s heavy focus on his on-again-off-again romance with Selena Gomez. Don’t worry, she’s still on our list – but you’ll be surprised to learn she’s not at the tip top.
Some Beliebers are entertainment veterans in their 70s and 80s, while one even holds several undefeated boxing titles. There is a solid crew of celebs who have beef with the Beebs, these 10 celebs openly love and support him.
10. Ellen DeGeneres
Ellen DeGeneres and Justin Bieber have actually been pals for years now. The pop star even received an 18th birthday present from his manager live on her show – a $100,000 Fisker Karma Electric Car.
Bieber is a frequent guest on DeGeneres’ show, and they are known for trying to scare each other. When they aren’t at “joke” odds with each other, they team up to play tricks on others. They most recently hid in the women’s room to scare audience members (see video above). Since Bieber has said that prank calling is one of his top five favorite things to do with friends, DeGeneres arranged for him to prank call a fan using a fake accent. The fan actually scheduled her college classes around the show schedule for Ellen, so they offered her a chance to be on the show to meet them at a future taping.
9. Kendall Jenner
The “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” star has started to form her own identity, separate from sisters Kim, Khloe, and Kourtney Kardashian. Although Jenner stepped into the spotlight via her debut on the runway, she’s been steadily holding a rising pace in media buzz due to her “unclear” relationship with Justin Bieber.
Jenner has attended many events with Bieber, and has been featured in several of his social media campaigns. In more recent news, sources say her relationship with Bieber has caused a rift in her friendship with Selena Gomez. The three were known to roll with the same crowd in their younger years.
8. Martha Stewart
America’s favorite professional homemaker, Martha Stewart, is miffed that Justin Bieber didn’t invite her to be his date at this year’s Met Ball. Ok, not really, but she made the comment in jest during a conversation with her young friend for Interview Magazine.
Stewart first met Bieber on David Letterman several years ago. She recently gave him tips for surviving prison during his Comedy Central Roast, and like many other celebs that love the Beebs, supported him during the launch of “What Do You Mean.”
The two share a comfortable and candid friendship, despite the over five-decade age difference.
7. Larry King
The media “King” himself, Larry King, showed his love and support for Bieber by promoting the last four days of his new music video countdown on Instagram. The 81-year-old television show host gained respect for Bieber after interviewing his manager, Scooter Braun.
During the interview, Braun discussed Bieber’s highs and lows, explaining the difficulties of child stardom. He went further to commend Bieber on his level of maturity these past few years, and in his ability to move forward under the media’s microscope.
At the beginning of the year, Bieber even stopped his car while driving through Beverly Hills, just to shake King’s hand, and say hello.
6. Alec Baldwin
Justin Bieber is best known in the Baldwin clan for his past relationship with Alec Baldwin’s 18-year-old model niece, Hailey. While some might assume that most father figures would frown upon a young girl cozying up with a popstar, Bieber was able to receive nods of approval from everyone in the family.
Hailey was actually introduced to Bieber by her father, Stephen Baldwin on the Today Show, several years ago. He thought Bieber was “awesome, disciplined, and professional.” Flash forward to Alec Baldwin proudly participating in the “What Do You Mean” video launch. Looks like the Beebs and the Baldwins are still tight-knit.
What better way to show love and support for someone than a musical collaboration? Sonny John Moore, better known as electric music producer and DJ “Skrillex” elevated Justin Bieber’s cool factor with the single “Where Are U Now.”
Skrillex was introduced to the idea of working with Bieber by fellow producer and musician, Thomas Wesley Pentz, also known as “Diplo.” The pair thought that such an unexpected partnership was a formula for success – and they were right. Their single hit the number one spot for Billboard Music’s Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart.
The electronic dance music magnate celebrated by sharing the stage with Bieber and Diplo at the Ultra Music Fest. More recently, Skrillex also participated in Bieber’s “What Do You Mean” music video launch.
4. Floyd Mayweather Jr.
American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. holds championship titles in several weight classes, along with an undefeated record. When he approached the ring to face Manny Pacquiao on May 2, 2015 in what was described as “The Fight of the Century,” many may have been surprised to see Justin Bieber walking in his entourage. But this isn’t the first time Bieber has shown up at a Mayweather event, and it certainly won’t be the last.
Curtis James Jackson III, formerly known as Rapper 50 Cent, explained to MTV news that Mayweather became acquainted with Bieber because his youngest daughter was such a huge fan. From then on, the boxer has been openly supportive of the young singer, seeming to leave a place open for him ringside.
3. Miley Cyrus
Wild child and pop icon Miley Cyrus maintains a lot of tough love for Justin Bieber. She’s gone on the record with criticism on his bad behavior. Although Bieber was reportedly upset at her comments, it was understood that she made them as more a big sister than a critic.
The two are still great friends, often using the limelight to play tricks on each other. Bieber pranked Cyrus while appearing on Saturday Night Live in 2013. Recently, Cyrus took to photoshop to mock the advertising for Bieber’s shirtless Calvin Klein campaign. To show good humor, Cyrus promoted Bieber’s new music video at the two-day countdown by putting a homemade cape on a pig.
2. Selena Gomez
Selena Gomez could be the youngest cougar, ever. In 2011, she officially started dating a then 17-year-old Bieber when she was 19. The pair had first met in 2009, when Bieber’s manager reached out to Gomez’s manager to schedule a “play date.”
Gomez is reported to have written several songs about her relationship with Bieber, including “My Dilemma” and “The Heart Wants What It Wants.” She broke into tears when performing the latter song at the American Music Awards last year, several months after checking out of rehab (an allegedly Bieber-induced stint).
The couple have been hot and cold for the past couple years, with news of infidelity surrounding their “off” years. Overall, both artists claim to have nothing but love and support for each other. A quick look at either artist’s Instagram account will attest to this fact.
In a 2010 interview with the Los Angeles Times, Usher Raymond described why his first impression of Justin Bieber was so positive. He said, “I think it was, first and foremost, his charming, winning, timeless attitude. It’s as though he had been here before. When I met him, his personality won me over. When he sang, I realized we were dealing with the real thing.
Raymond initially encountered Bieber in the parking lot in front of Jermaine Dupri’s studio. Bieber was only 13-years-old at the time, and had offered to sing for Raymond on the spot. Raymond had declined to hear him at the time, saying it was too cold outside. That didn’t stop Raymond from researching Bieber’s vocal talents on YouTube.
After hearing Bieber’s voice, Raymond enlisted him as his protégé. He overstepped Justin Timberlake, who had actually been first in line for the spot.