February 18th, 2011
11:05 AM ET
Maybe this will soothe the wrath of the Beliebers: Esperanza Spalding says that she and teen idol Justin Bieber have more in common than you think.
The 26-year-old jazz singer, who raised the ire of Bieber fans when she beat him out for the best new artist Grammy, tells Billboard magazine that much like the 16-year-old Canada native, she has very humble beginnings.
"He has sort of a similar story to mine, coming from a single-parent family, low income, sort of having this stellar ascension in making his success through music," explains the Portland, Oregon, native. "I can really relate to that."
Moreover, Spalding — who began playing music as a child and went on to perform at the White House, sing in a Prince tribute and appear on "Late Show With David Letterman" — can understand the pressures of being in the spotlight at such a young age.
She tells Billboard, "I can imagine for him being so young, all this must be really, really intense."
Now do you forgive her, Beliebers?
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