Justin Bieber covers Complex magazine’s 10th Anniversary issue.
The Biebs covers this issue of Complex looking bloody and beat up. There’s no doubt that Biebs has been fighting for approval in the entertainment industry from not only his peers, but the critics. Sure he is a hard worker and makes sure to give back, but believe it or not, being the Biebs isn’t as easy as it looks. Justin chats with Complex magazine about his new album, his relationship with Selena Gomez, the paparazzi and more.
Check out the highlights from the interview below. We’ve also included some quotes from Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun that you may find tantalizing.
ON HIS NOT-SO-SECRET RELATIONSHIP WITH SELENA GOMEZ:
“There’s no way to hide the relationship completely, because then it would be unfair to us,” he says. “It’s like, ‘You take this car, and I’ll take this car, and then we’ll meet up at the spot. Then, you go in this door, I’ll go in this door. We’ll end up crossing ways. You get back in this car. We’ll cross over, do a James Bond. You go through the kitchen. I’ll go through the back area. Then we’ll meet in the dressing room and see each other.’ At that point, it’s not even a relationship. You’re just hiding from everyone. That’s unfair and unhealthy, man.”
ON THE PAPARAZZI:
“I’ll be covering my face and it pisses me off so much when people say, ‘Get over it, Justin. You’re famous. People are going to take your picture. Suck it up, you’re rich…’ It’s like, ‘Yo, I just got off an eight-hour flight. I’m tired and my eyes have bags under them. I’m not trying to take pictures. I’m not going to come to your house, wake you up, and start snapping your picture.’”
ON BEING THE BEST:
“There’s no point in doing this if I’m not going to be the best. I give up a personal life. I give up my friends and family to pursue what I love and to make my fans happy. Why would I give up so much to be just another singer? When I release something I want it to be the best. When I release my fragrance, I want it to be the number-one fragrance; I don’t want it to be the ninth-best-selling fragrance. My Christmas album went double-platinum worldwide. Christmas albums don’t do that, and that still wasn’t good enough for me.”
HIS MANAGER SCOOTER BRAUN THEN GIVES SOME DISH
ON UPCOMING COLLABORATORS FOR BELIEVE:
“We’re talking to Benny Blanco, Bei Maejor, Mike Posner,” Braun says. “We’re going to work with Pharrell…and Bruno Mars. He’s going in with Drake and 40 next week.”
ON BIEBER GROWING FROM A KID TO A MAN:
“We made a commitment to each other when he was 13 to be there for each other no matter what. I want him to start being on my level and one of my boys. I want to start treating him like a man. He’s pushing back a little bit more, but I think that’s natural.”
“He called me and said ‘Do you know why I’m never going to do that stuff? Because I know you’d walk in and beat the shit out of me.’”
ON BEING FAMOUS:
“He doesn’t like being famous. He struggles with not being normal. I’m constantly telling him, ‘You’re not normal, and since you’re living an extraordinary life, I’m holding you to extraordinary standards.’”
Check out the behind-the-scenes from the Complex magazine photoshoot below.