Michael Buble has commended his fellow Canadian Justin Bieber for handling himself "with dignity" at the height of his recent troubles.

Bieber has been a regular in the headlines over the last few weeks following his tumultuous U.K. tour, which ended in a scuffle with a photographer, and an alleged altercation with a Californian neighbour who claims the star spat in his face after being told to stop speeding in his Ferrari.

However, Buble is adamant Bieber deserves praise for the way he has handled the problems which have beset him, and even deserves "a medal" for being pictured smoking what appeared to be a marijuana joint in photos which emerged online in January (13).

Buble tells Britain's Daily Star newspaper, "I think, for what Justin Bieber has been through, he is remarkable. He has handled it with dignity. I am a fan of the way he handles himself. They should give him a medal for smoking a joint; it made him human - he's just a kid."

The crooner also insists he didn't have to deal with fame at such a young age like 19-year-old Bieber, adding, "I'm glad I didn't achieve fame until I was almost 30. I had become the man I am, the man I was going to be. If it had happened when I was 17 I would have been a p**ck."