The Wanted's Tom Parker has confessed he's "done a lot worse" than teen tearaway Justin Bieber.

Sticking up for the Canadian popstar, who has recently been accused of going off the rails, Parker said: "Anything he does away from his squeaky clean image is seen as him being a bad lad, but he's just doing things that a normal nineteen-year-old would do."

Speaking to The Huffington Post UK aboard The London Eye, the 25-year-old from Bolton added: "I've done a lot worse, but because I'm a lot older and wasn't in the public eye at that age, no one knows or cares.

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Tom Parker, Siva Kaneswaran, Max George, Jay McGuiness and Nathan Sykes

"He's just maturing and I kind of like how he's not that kid that sang 'Baby' any more. He's turning into a handsome young chap," he reasoned.

The Wanted share with Bieber their manager Scooter Braun, whom Parker says has become "quite a force to be reckoned with" and helps them to stand by what they want.

The English-Irish band, whose had their first number one single 'All Time Low' in 2010, are now preparing to release their third studio album, 'Word Of Mouth', on 4 November.

Fellow band mate Jay McGuiness told us: "We're looking to go on a world tour and announce it really soon. We're really proud of the album, it's been two years in the making now."

On Tuesday, the band surprised fans with their first 'proper' ballad in three years as they debuted their new single ‘Show Me Love', out on 20 October.

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    SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 09: (L-R) Recording artists Nathan Sykes, Max George, Jay McGuiness, Siva Kaneswara and Tom Parker of The Wanted perform during the 3rd Annual Cartoon Network's 'Hall Of Game' Awards at the Barker Hangar, Santa Monica Airport, on February 9, 2013 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

  • The Wanted

    FILE - This Aug. 22, 2012 photo shows members of the British boy band "The Wanted", from left, Jay McGuiness, Siva Kaneswaran, Max George, Tom Parker and Nathan Sykes posing for a portrait at JetBlue's T5 at JFK International Airport in New York. The British fivesome announced Wednesday, Feb. 6, that their new reality show will debut in June on E!. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP)

  • US-PEOPLES CHOICE AWARDS-ARRIVALS

    The Wanted arrive for the 2013 People’s Choice Awards at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, California, January 09, 2013. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

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  • 39th Annual People's Choice Awards - Show

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  • 39th Annual People's Choice Awards - Press Room

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  • 39th Annual People's Choice Awards - Portraits

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  • 39th Annual People's Choice Awards - Press Room

    LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 09: Singers (L-R) Tom Parker, Jay McGuiness, Siva Kaneswaran, Nathan Sykes and Max George of The Wanted, winners of Favorite Breakout Artist, pose in the press room at the 39th Annual People's Choice Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on January 9, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

  • 39th Annual People's Choice Awards - Press Room

    LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 09: Singers (L-R) Tom Parker, Jay McGuiness, Siva Kaneswaran, Nathan Sykes and Max George of The Wanted, winners of Favorite Breakout Artist, pose in the press room at the 39th Annual People's Choice Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on January 9, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

  • 39th Annual People's Choice Awards - Red Carpet

    LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 09: Singer Nathan Sykes of The Wanted attends the 39th Annual People's Choice Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on January 9, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for PCA)

  • 39th Annual People's Choice Awards - Red Carpet

    LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 09: (L-R) Singers Max George, Tom Parker and Jay McGuiness of The Wanted attend the 39th Annual People's Choice Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on January 9, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for PCA)

  • 39th Annual People's Choice Awards - Red Carpet

    LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 09: Singer Jay McGuiness of The Wanted attends the 39th Annual People's Choice Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on January 9, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for PCA)