Rob Ford wishes he was as successful as Justin Bieber

The embattled Toronto mayor supports the troubled pop star

Published January 30, 2014 6:41PM (EST)

Though it's an endorsement that is not likely to help the public's perception of Justin Bieber, embattled Toronto mayor Rob Ford has stepped up to offer his support for the Canadian singer.

The 19-year-old, who more than 100,000 want deported back to Canada, turned himself in to Canadian authorities on Wednesday after being charged for assaulting a limo driver in December. This is Bieber's second arrest in a week, including arrest for a DUI and drag racing in Miami Beach.

Ford, who has had DUI troubles of his own (among many, many others), called into the D.C.-based radio show "The Sports Junkies" to remind us Americans that Bieber is far more successful than any of us were at 19, however.

"I wish I was as successful as he was," said Ford -- though he doesn't like Bieber's music.

h/t Time

By Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at

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