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(Yahoo!) - Those concerned about Justin Bieber's many public missteps this year likely won't "heart" his latest Instagram photo — an image in which he's seen bonding with Chris Brown.

The baby-faced pop star, 19, posted the photo of himself with his controversial new friend on Tuesday. In it, the Biebs points at the 24-year-old R&B artist, who has his arm draped around Bieber's neck. "CB what's up," reads the caption.

Although the "Boyfriend" singer has expanded his body-art collection this year, he looks like a tattoo lightweight next to Brown, who practically has two sleeves at this point and most of his neck covered. Despite their ink inequality, the guys certainly appear fond of each other. It seems like a new Hollywood bromance has blossomed.

However, seeing that Brown is a controversy magnet (whether it's his on-again/off-again relationship with Rihanna, fights with Drake and Frank Ocean, or his recent graffiti feud with neighbors), one can't help but wonder how this new friendship might affect Bieber, who is in the middle of his most tumultuous year yet in the public eye, littered with missteps and scandals.


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