Diplo says Justin Bieber is ‘controlled’ by his fans

Diplo is working on Justin Bieber’s next album with Skirllex

Diplo has said that Justin Bieber is ‘controlled’ by his fans.

The producer is currently working with Skrillex on Justin Bieber’s new album. In an interview with Billboard he explained that the pair wanted to “return the favour” to Bieber after the singer gave the duo, known as Jack U, one of their biggest hits ‘Where Are U Now’, which he also featured on as a vocalist.

“We’re hopefully going to have some time with him this summer,” Diplo said. “We definitely want to return the favor for him, because it was a big deal he gave [Jack U] ‘Where Are U Now’. It’s one of the strongest records he had on his album, but he had no production for it. We transformed it into something different. It’s crazy because it’s the first radio record he’s had since ‘Baby’.”

However, Diplo expressed his concern for Bieber and his need to appeal to his fans.

“For me, it feels like he’s always working against himself. He’s a cool guy and into cool music. But I think he’s controlled by the way his fans are.”

“Bieber’s so talented, he needs to just be himself and be by himself and work on his craft. He has a lot of people around; he has to find the right team to help him make something that’s going to stand alone.”

Justin Bieber released his third album ‘Believe’ in 2012. Having previously described the new record as “different” and confirming that he’s working with Kanye West and Rick Rubin, he confirmed at the start of April that he would also be working with Diplo and Skirllex.

Bieber said: “I think me and these guys [Skrillex and Diplo] are going to collaborate on my next album and do something really special”.

Meanwhile, Diplo has responded to comments made earlier this year by MIA, who opened up about her feud with the producer, who is also her ex-boyfriend.

MIA gave an interview to Rolling Stone on the 10th anniversary of her debut album ‘Arular’ and said that her relationship with Diplo broke down over what she now sees to have been jealousy over her success and started as soon as she signed her first record deal with XL Recordings.

Now, speaking to Billboard, Diplo says he saw MIA the day after the interview came out and she apologised. “I hadn’t seen her in five years,” he commented. “Nothing she said is a lie. I was really jealous and sad, and probably mad when she signed to a major label. I had a lot of control when we started, and I was really proud of the music we made. The label promised her all these people to work with, and I was like, ‘But your thing is this.'”