Emotional Justin Bieber says he just wants to 'protect' Billie Eilish

Danny Thompson

Justin Bieber has said he ‘just wants to protect’ 18-year-old singer Billie Eilish in an emotional recent interview.

Bieber, himself a teenage singing sensation, appeared close to tears as he spoke about Eilish, who recently became the youngest artist ever to sing a James Bond theme song with the release of her track No Time To Die last week.

Justin Bieber attends the Premiere of YouTube Original's "Justin Bieber: Seasons" at Regency Bruin Theatre on January 27, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

Though Eilish would look to have her feet firmly on the ground after her music career took off over the past year, Bieber still appears concerned for her wellbeing.

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Speaking on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 Show, Bieber and host Lowe got to talking about the prodigious talent that is Eilish.

Bieber said: “Let her do her thing. If she ever needs me I’m going to be here for her.”

US singer-songwriter Billie Eilish poses in the press room with the awards for Album Of The Year, Record Of The Year, Best New Artist, Song Of The Year and Best Pop Vocal Album during the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards on January 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP) (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)

Wiping away tears, he added: “Just protecting those moments because people take for granted encounters and…”

Gathering his composure he continued: “I just want to protect her, you know. I don’t want her to lose it.

“I don’t want her to go through anything I went through. I don’t wish that on anyone. If she ever needs me, I’m just a call away.”

Canadian-born Bieber rocketed to fame when only just a teenager after he was spotted singing songs on YouTube by a music mogul.

Justin Bieber poses at the Much Music Environment, August 7th, 2009. Bieber, a 15-year-old from Stratford, recently hit it big after singing on YouTube. (Ian Willms/Toronto Star) Photo158120 (Photo by Ian Willms/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

Tracks such as My World and Baby helped him acquire millions of fans across the world and he was soon the subject of huge media attention.

The scrutiny lead to the singer going off the rails and he was arrested for the first time in 2014 for driving offences, and has had numerous altercations with photographers.

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But his fans remained loyal, and one such fan was Eilish herself.

Obviously happy with her idol’s words, she took to Instagram to share a clip of the moment - and called on her 54 million followers to stream Bieber’s latest album, Changes.

She also posted photos of herself as a child wearing a Justin Bieber t-shirt, as well as her childhood bedroom which is plastered with posters and memorabilia of her icon.

Changes, Bieber’s first album since 2015, is out now.