updated 06/04/2014 AT 8:00 PM ET
•originally published 06/05/2014 AT 12:00 PM ET
The R&B star, who signed the troubled teen idol when he was just 13, knows what it’s like to grow up in the spotlight and tells Nylon Guys that he’s tried to help the Canadian singer navigate his way through it all.
“I gave every bit of advice and always told him it was up to him if he really wanted this. Now that he has it, as an adult, it’s his to manage,” The Voice coach says in a cover story in the June/July issue. “Do I turn my head in shame based off of what I see, what I know? Nah, I don’t because it’s all part of life’s process. Am I in it with him? Yeah.”
Usher, who moved to N.Y.C. at the age of 15 to work with Sean “Diddy” Combs, says that mentoring young artists is important to him. “Artistic development made me who I am,” he says. “Somebody took the time to help me find what it is that works for me as an entertainer and who I am as a music maker.”
But while he’s helped to guide the 20-year-old to record sales in excess of 12 million, he’s been less successful keeping the singer and dancer out of trouble when he’s not on stage.