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Diplo says Justin Bieber 'was like a clown on a pedestal'

Hitmaker Diplo has opened up about working with Justin Bieber on his more mature music. 

During a new interview with Billboard magazine, the DJ explained that when 'Where Are Ü Now' was released Bieber was met with a new demographic of fans and was quite surprised by this:

He had just turned 21, and he was like, 'Yo, man, I want to thank you, because this is the first time I've ever had adults clap for me. This is like a big deal'."

Diplo went onto add that the transition from teen heartthrob to serious artist was tough for the talented young Canadian star because he was an easy target for people to pick on: "You think about that, and yeah, he was kind of like a clown on a pedestal. People just like picked on him."

In the same interview, Diplo also slammed the DJ scene and confessed that the people involved in it are "corny" and "lame": "The DJ world is the corniest f--king group of people. We're not celebrities, we're not famous for any good reason. We're just...really lame."

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