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Russell Simmons: Justin Bieber Is 'A Very Down To Earth And Gracious Kid!'

Thu, September 15, 2011 2:24pm EDT by Chloe Melas Add first Comment

Being just 17-years-old and a mega-popstar sounds like a recipe for disaster but media mogul Russell tells us that Justin is actually an ‘inspiration’ to kids everywhere!

Justin Bieber was raised right! attended the NYC premiere of Gus Van Sant‘s new flick Restless on Sept. 14 and it was there that we got a chance to speak with Russell Simmons. The Def Jam Records founder says he’s gotten to know Justin very well over the past few years and he tells us fame hasn’t gone to Justin’s head one bit!

“Justin is a very down-to-earth and gracious kid,” Russell told us at the premiere hosted Cinema Society with Dior Homme & GQ. “He hangs out with Diggy [his brother Rev. Run‘s 16-year-old son] a lot so he comes to my house. He’s very nice, same way he is, he’s great. He’s an example, an inspiration because a lot of kids can look at him because he is still grounded and he doesn’t seem to be affected in any way and it’s really up to you to be affected or not, he’s a gracious good kid.”

This is so great to hear, especially coming from someone as successful as Russell!

— Chloe Melas

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