Though more than 100,000 Americans want Justin Bieber deported back to Canada following his arrest in Miami Beach, a handful of celebrities are reaching out with more welcoming words.
Immediately, Ariana Grande defended the pop star — who was charged with DUI, resisting arrest and having an expired driver’s license after he was observed drag racing with fellow musician Khalil Sharieff at 4:13 a.m. on Jan. 23 — during a radio interview with MIX 104.1. “I think it’s really serious. I’ve seen tweets of people making fun of the mug shot and all this stuff, and it’s so ignorant,” she said. “It’s gotten to a point where I just want him to be okay. It’s this very serious thing. And it’s not just like a kid who’s, you know, screwing around. It’s dangerous. It’s very serious and upsetting.”
She continued, “I don’t think it’s something to make fun of anymore. I don’t think it’s funny anymore… He’s a great person and a very talented boy and I want the best for him. He’s the most visible and yet isolated human being I’ve ever met.” (The radio DJ then commented that such terminology was also applied to Michael Jackson, which might hint as to why the Canadian posted his photo alongside that of the King of Pop on Instagram upon his release.)
Backstreet Boys’ AJ McLean would like to help mentor Bieber out of trouble, and plans to contact Bieber’s manager, Scooter Braun, to arrange a sit-down about surrounding himself with better people. “One of the first things I would say is one of the tattoos that I have on me that says, ‘What are you doing?'” McLean told People. “Are you trying to prove something to yourself? Are you trying to prove something to the press and the media? Are you trying to flip everyone the bird and say, ‘I can do what I want!’? Or are you trying to ask for help and you’re not going about it the right way? This could be a cry for help for all we know… Obviously he has to go through what he’s going through, and hopefully he comes out the other end a better, stronger human being.”
Billy Ray Cyrus also wants to directly lend a hand. “I would just invite him to come down and chill out with me, maybe in Tennessee — let’s go up to the teepee, build a fire, step away and just, you know, maybe take a break for a little bit, just think about what’s important,” he told Access Hollywood. “Build a fire, count the deer and the hawks and relax a little bit… He’s got a long life ahead of him and I’d like to see him just kind of maybe, enjoy a little bit of what he’s got and focus back on the music… He’s a great artist.”
“NCIS” actor and GRAMMY host LL Cool J noted that the media is being too hard on the 19-year-old musician. “You gotta cut the guy some slack, you know, he’s not like a 35-year-old with penny loafers and khakis on and you know, dropping his kids off at school and drag racing in a Lambo — that would be a little different! But I think we just gotta remember what we were doing at 19,” he told Us. “Hopefully he’ll learn from his mistakes.”
This article originally appeared on THR.com.