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Metallica Are Justin Bieber Fans! "I Think the Kid's Really Talented," Says Lars Ulrich

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Well, here's something we didn't expect.

Rock band Metallica have come out in support to 19-year-old pop superstar Justin Bieber! In fact, they're self-proclaimed Beliebers.

Metallica lead singer James Hetfield recently revealed to Kerrang!, "Are we Beliebers? Yes."

Drummer Lars Ulrich added, "Is it possible to have respect for him without being a Belieber? I think the kid's really talented and obviously to go through what he's going through at that early age must be a mindf--k. So the fact that he still goes out there and does it, I admire that and I think he's super talented, so I guess I am kind of a Belieber. If he likes 'One', and Liam Gallagher likes him, OK, there you go."

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Bassist Robert Trujillo says that as long as the Biebs avoids any drama, you can count him as a fan. "As long as he stays out of trouble, I'll be a Belieber," he dished.

Metallica's support comes after Bieber was videotaped earlier this year covering their song "Fade to Black."

Wonder if Metallica will be covering any Bieber tunes in the near future?!

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