*Ne-Yo is lamenting what could have been. You see, he had the opportunity to sign the hottest star in the galaxy right now, Justin beiber. Oh well.

He was offered a chance to work with the youngster, now 16, but turned it down because “didn’t know what music to make with an 11-year old boy.”

Beiber went on to sign with Usher’s company before landing a recording contract with Island Records. And of course Beiber’s phenomenal success makes him think “if only.” Again, insert an ‘oh well.’

He told MTV U.K.:

“I absolutely regret not signing him. He is hugely talented. If I had signed him, it probably would have worked out the same as Justin is hugely talented and deserves the success.”