On April 3, the singer rang in his 18th birthday with the Biebs at Nobu in Miami Beach, and over recent weeks, they’ve spent time at a recording studio, playing basketball and skateboarding together. “Austin’s family have begged him to stay away from Justin because they think it will tarnish his ‘good boy’ image,” a source tells Star. “They fear he’ll head down the same destructive path.”
Throughout the last year, the 20-year-old singer has had a lot of run-ins with the law. Back in January, he was arrested for DUI in Miami, and toxicology results showed he had Xanax and marijuana in his system. More recently, he was reported that he’s been banned from several clubs in the same city.
“Austin idolizes Justin and, quite frankly, it scares the crap out of his loved ones,” the insider adds. “They tell him that he’s got his whole life and a lucrative career ahead of him, and hanging with Justin will only take him down a bad path. But, Austin’s made it clear that he’s now 18 and can do what he wants.”
The fast friends do have a bit of history, though — it was recently reported that they were feuding after Austin hung out with Justin’s ex, Selena Gomez, at the Beats Music concert in late January. Still, these days, their bromance is most definitely alive!