The 27-year-old singer—who catapulted to success last summer with a little help from the Biebs—didn't have an ill word to say about her pal, who has been on the receiving end of rampant criticism during his Believe world tour.
Despite reports claiming the pop star is headed for a major meltdown, the "Call Me Maybe" singer, who will be performing tonight on American Idol in partnership with the Coca-Cola Harmony Project, is confident her friend is doing just fine.
"All I see is an incredibly hard worker and a man who's just passionate about what he does," she told E! News in response to the Bieb's bad press. "Just putting it on himself to take on a lot all at once," she added, hinting that Justin's life in the spotlight would be tough for any 19-year-old to handle.
Still, the "Tonight I'm Getting Over You" singer has nothing but respect for the chart-topping star, and she hopes to emulate his incredibly hard work ethic.
"I think if anything I'm inspired by how hard he works, and I definitely want to add that to my own mantra as just like working really hard and doing my thing."
Well, Justin, looks like Carly is a friend to keep.