During a recent appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Usher defended his bratty little moneymaker from accusations that he’s gotten too wild. You know, that whole reckless driving, cursing at the paps, and all around displays of frustration and stuff. It happens.

When asked about some of his most recent behavior, Usher told Ellen, “He’ll continue to just mature but you know, in this days age of social media, there is no privacy and that kind of trial and elimination period is kind of done in front of a camera.”

Usher added: “It’s been done and many, many other celebrities are product of it. Some come out bad and some come out good. I am hoping for the best. I don’t look at it as a negative though. I look at it as a teenager, a teenager having to live his life in front of a camera.”

Translation: He’s growing up, but fret not ’cause I won’t let him get too out of hand. He’s not about to f**k with the church’s money. Amen.

WATCH HERE:

[H/T: Vibe]