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Martha Stewart Says She’s All Cool With Justin Bieber

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Larry Busacca—Getty Images for TIME Martha Stewart and Kim Kardashian West attend the TIME 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City on Apr. 21, 2015.

The domestic goddess burned the pop idol pretty bad at his Comedy Central roast

Martha Stewart stole the show at Comedy Central’s roast of Justin Bieber, but don’t worry—everything’s cool between her and the pop star now.

At this year’s TIME 100 Gala, Stewart told TIME Bieber sent her a signed guitar to include in her upcoming auction benefitting the Martha Stewart Center for Living at Mount Sinai Hospital.

Stewart, who wrote a tribute to Kim Kardashian in this year’s TIME 100 issue, said she was looking forward to catching up with the reality TV star, whom she’s met several times before, at the annual event. “I want to know what she thought about my essay,” Stewart said.

Her admiration also extends to Kardashian’s husband and fellow TIME 100 honoree, Kanye West, of whom Stewart says she’s a big fan. According to Stewart, West once stopped by her headquarters to learn about how she runs her business and to get inspired.

“He’s a very inquisitive man,” Stewart said.

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Miley Cyrus Wants You to Know the Tabloids Are Wrong and She Is Not Pregnant

The "Wrecking Ball" singer is keeping her sense of humor

And by the same man we mean @justinbieber

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Miley Cyrus has a message to the gossip magazines: #GETITRIGHT. After a recent issue of Life & Style claimed the “Wrecking Ball” singer and fellow pop star Selena Gomez were once “pregnant by the same man,” Cyrus decided to shoot down a silly rumor was with even sillier response: “And by the same man we mean @justinbieber,” she captioned a photo of the cover story in question.

Gomez hasn’t joked about the rumors on social media herself, but maybe because — as someone who actually dated the Biebz for a long time — she probably doesn’t find headlines about “the desperate decisions that changed their lives” quite as funny.

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Martha Stewart’s Performance at the Justin Bieber Roast Was Worth Celebrating

The domestic entrepreneur got crass, with great results

If last night’s broadcast of the Comedy Central roast of Justin Bieber is any indication, Martha Stewart has entered a new phase of her career — and it’s one that’s defined by subverting her image. Call it an unexpected, welcome turn from a star whose perceived image of chilly perfection has too long been ripe for mockery by others. At last, Stewart seems to be in on the joke.

A transcript of Stewart’s remarks last night is available at PEOPLE; it revealed the homemaking entrepreneur as someone who was alternately extremely vulgar—remarkably so, given the public sense of her—and wittily aware of her history. Stewart has, in general, tried to put her 2004-05 prison sentence behind her, emerging from the clink to do a humorless Apprentice spinoff and spending the subsequent years rebuilding her business ventures; last night, she made frank reference to her time behind bars in giving Bieber “tips to use when he inevitably ends up in prison.”

The whole point of roasts is to mock other people on the stage in as brutal a manner as possible, and the fact that Stewart was game was a pleasant surprise; one might have imagined a figure who’s been historically concerned with projecting perfection might attempt to save face by declining to indulge in racial and sexual humor. Even when the jokes were not per se funny, as when she called comic Hannibal Buress “that gingerbread man I left in the oven too long,” the fact that they were being made by a person not historically known for taking edgy risks added a special charge. Her joke about Ludacris using her “Martha Stewart bed linens” was, structurally, a yawner, but when had we previously seen her treat her business ventures as anything but gravely serious?

Is this the real Martha? Of course not: Roasts are all about creating a vicious character. It’s not as though Stewart is about to start going after Paula Deen and Ina Garten in interviews. But the one commonality between Roast Martha and Real Martha is a certain edgy sense of risk. Stewart has always had a certain uncultivateable oddity underpinning her domestic perfection. In the distant past, there was her grim knife-wielding “I want to focus on my salad” interview, in which she was unconcerned with how threateningly grim she appeared. More recently has come an uncannily flat TV ad campaign for cough drops and a strange, untrammeled Twitter feed in which Stewart posts revolting pictures of food and defenses of drones. Both Real Martha and Roast Martha care little for what the public thinks of them. But at the Comedy Central roast, Stewart finally put all the strangeness that we know she’s capable of to use.

Here’s hoping for more of the same from Stewart: She too often, though less in recent years, comes in for mockery for a perceived humorlessness. But both Stewart’s place in the culture and her openness to all sorts of experiences, from using social media to share gross food photos to taking jabs at a pop star on a stage, are self-consciously absurd and worth celebrating. Having achieved grudging universal respect for her business achievements, Stewart is now getting the celebration underway.

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Watch Justin Bieber Apologize to His Roasters for His Past Behavior

"The things that I've done really don't define who I am"

After several hours of getting a roasting from a room full of celebrities, Justin Bieber had his chance to really hit back on Comedy Central Monday night.

“I’ve been driving recklessly, getting arrested, smoking weed, abandoning monkeys and urinating publicly. But my biggest regret is plowing my Maserati into Jeff Ross’s Saturn in the parking lot. And I feel really bad because, Jeff, I don’t know where you’re going to sleep tonight,” he joked.

Bieber then apologized for his past behavior, saying he was thrown into the life at age 12 and didn’t know what he was getting into.

“There have been moments I’m really proud of and moments I look back and I’m pretty disappointed at myself for. But the things that I’ve done really don’t define who I am. I’m a kind-hearted person who loves people, and through it all I lost some of my best qualities. For that I’m sorry,” he said.

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Watch Jeff Ross and Snoop Dogg Roast Justin Bieber

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Michael Tran—FilmMagic/Getty Images Snoop Dogg and Justin Bieber onstage during Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber held at Sony Picture Studios on March 14, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

"You are the King Joffrey of pop"

Justin Bieber demonstrated he could be an extremely good sport in the face of some pretty heavy jokes while being roasted Monday on Comedy Central.

“Selena Gomez wanted to be here but she’s dating men now,” said stand-up comic Jeff Ross about Bieber’s ex-girlfriend. “Is it true she dumped you because she grew a mustache before you?”

But it wasn’t just Bieber getting ribbed, Kevin Hart was the butt of all the small jokes and former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal was barraged with jibes about his weight.

Snoop Dogg then teased Bieber for having a pet monkey named Mally (“That monkey was more embarrassed than the one that started the AIDS epidemic”) and for being arrested and charged for dangerous driving.

“Now, Justin, you so [expletive] pretty,” Snoop said, “when the inmates saw your mug shot, they swiped right.”

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Watch Ron Burgundy Roast Justin Bieber

"Here's a news flash, gang: he's a man"

Will Ferrell made a surprise appearance at Comedy Central’s Roast of Justin Bieber Monday night, as zany TV news anchor Ron Burgundy.

“This kid has spunk, moxie and probably a few other STDs,” said the Anchorman star. “I’ve always encouraged people to stay classy. And what’s more classy than hanging out with [controversial boxer] Floyd Mayweather?”

“Here’s a news flash, gang: he’s a man,” said Burgundy who then told Bieber to “turn up the heat” on his scandalous behavior and to keep living his life “with the same reckless abandon.”

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Watch Justin Bieber Get Roasted by Martha Stewart, Ludacris and Chris D’Elia

"You literally are a guy who has it all. Apart from respect, love, friends, good parents and a Grammy"

Justin Bieber got well and truly burned on Comedy Central’s Roast of Justin Bieber, and there were a ton of celebrities queuing up to rip it out of the pop icon.

Kevin Hart was the evening’s master of ceremonies, and he was joined by Natasha Leggero, Jeff Ross, Pete Davidson, Martha Stewart, Shaquille O’Neal, Snoop Dogg and Ludacris.

Martha Stewart drew on her own prison experiences and offered the 21-year-old some advice for “when he inevitably ends up in prison.” She then told Bieber he needed to find a girl and settle down.

“So, Justin, my final piece of advice is, call me,” she said.

“Together we dropped a track called ‘Baby,’” said Ludacris. “It’s got over a billion hits on YouTube, that’s because I’m in it. It also has 4 million dislikes. That’s because he’s in it,” pointing to Bieber.

“Seriously, man, I’m proud of you,” said Chris D’Elia. “You literally are a guy who has it all. Apart from respect, love, friends, good parents and a Grammy.”

But Bieber evidently does have a sense of humor and took all the jokes well.

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Justin Bieber and the History of the Roast

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Jason LaVeris—FilmMagic Justin Bieber attends the Comedy Central Roast Of Justin Bieber

How the tradition of honoring people by humiliating them got its start

On Monday night, schadenfreude-lovers can tune into Comedy Central to watch Justin Bieber get honored by means of humiliation.

The teen-dream-turned-angsty-20-something is the latest victim/guest of honor of a comedy roast, which will air at 10pm EST but was filmed earlier this month. Though Bieber’s a very modern target, the ribbing he’ll endure is a tradition that has a century-old history.

In the early 20th century, testimonial dinners held to praise an invited guest were all the rage among clubs and organizations.

“They were huge,” says Barry Dougherty, historian and head roast writer for the Friar’s Club, the fraternal and funny organization famous for hosting roasts. “But when other organizations had these things, they would be nice. Because of our particular group of friars, who were sharper vaudevillians, they would be witty, smart and sarcastic. They would make jabs.”

Dougherty says that the club, founded in 1904, probably had its first testimonial turned (not-yet-named) roast in 1907. A 1910 headline in the New York Tribune documented the early days of the unorthodox dinners with the headline: “FRIARS KID MR. HARRIS: Veteran Theatrical Manager Butt of Jokes at Dinner.”

“It was a new thing, no one ever thought to do it before,” Dougherty tells TIME, adding that other organizations started jumping on the sarcastic bandwagon. But the dinners started to get out of hand.

“[The roasters] kept upping the ante,” Dougherty says, and over the years the jokes got more and more extreme. “When you got to the ’40s [the friars] wondered if they should put the breaks on it or have a separate event, all roasting, no nice stuff.”

They went with the latter.

The first official roast, so named because of the many times a guest of honor would get “burned,” occurred in 1949. The subject was French actor and singer Maurice Chevalier. While many of the roasts were initially only open to men — when Humphrey Bogart was roasted in 1955, his wife sent them a tape that played her message, “This is Lauren Bacall, the uninvited guest, you rat bastards” — they would later open their doors. Lucille Ball was roasted in 1962.

In 1998, the Friar’s Club partnered with Comedy Central to air the roasts on television. While the two have since parted ways, both organizations now regularly hold roasts of their own. Though more roasts may mean more humiliation, it’s a win for the rest of us: The more celebrities we get to see cringe, the better.

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Justin Bieber Explains Why It Ain’t Easy Being the Bieb

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Jason LaVeris — Getty Images Justin Bieber attends the Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber on March 14, 2015, in Los Angeles

“Unless you're stupid, I don't think you would think it's easy to be who I am”

Being young, rich, famous and talented isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be. Just ask Justin Bieber.

During an exclusive interview with USA Today, the Canadian pop star opened up about the trials and tribulations that come with teenage stardom.

“Just use your head, you’ll understand that my life is not easy. Not having privacy. Growing up in front of the cameras since I was 13, 14,” explains Bieber.

However, after numerous run-ins with the law last year, the 21-year-old says he’s finally turning a corner and embarking on an odyssey of self-discovery.

“Yeah, I’m growing, figuring some stuff out. As you do when you grow up,” said Bieber. “You figure out what type of man you want to be, that’s where I’m at.”

Read more at USA Today

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Justin Bieber Introduces New Puppy on Instagram

The photo features a small black and brown dog cradled in his lap

Justin Bieber is recovering from his Comedy Central roast with a little puppy love.

The singer, 21, introduced his latest four-legged pal Sunday night on Instagram.

“Say hello to the newest member of the bieber family #Esther,” he wrote in the post, which features a photo of a small black and brown dog cradled in his lap.

Today is randomly national puppy day

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Speaking of laps, Bieber was recently spotted getting cuddly with model Ashley Moore at a basketball game, but it appears Esther is the only confirmed love in the star’s life right now.

This is Bieber’s first furry addition following the passing of his family dog Sammy in December. In a throwback Instagram post remembering Sammy, Bieber called the dog “the best puppy ever.”

R.i.p Sammy 😪😢😢 you were the best puppy ever

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This article originally appeared on People.com.

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