T.I. can relate to the issues Justin Beiber has been going through in the public eye. He understands that Justin Beiber is going through a phase of maturing from adolescence to adulthood.
“All of us as adults has had that transitional period where we’ve had to evolve from [adolescence] to manhood,” T.I.says during an interview on The Arsenio Hall Show. “[He’s doing it] in the limelight, in the eyes of the public and all the entrapments that come with being a celebrity and playing with a hundred million [dollars] liquid. It was hard enough for me to become a man with a hundred thousand [dollars]. A hundred million? I can imagine the mistakes that could be made. I just try and offer insight wherever needed.”
T.I. said that Beiber listens to him when he gives him advice on life.
“When I speak to him,” T.I. says, “he listens with an open ear and I just tell him, ‘Man, everybody’s had that moment where they had to look at themselves in the mirror and say, “Man, something’s got to change. It’s not the environment all the time. Sometimes it’s me.”’ He understands and I just told him, ‘You know, you’ve got to pick and choose your times and moments where you can do what you want to do and what you have to do.’”