Justin Bieber Talks Sex, Drugs and Michael Jackson
At the age of 18 most of us were planning to leave home for the first time while popstar Justin Bieber, who is two months shy of the benchmark birthday, has sold out concerts worldwide, worked with some of the music industry's hottest artists and already survived his first sex scandal.
His teenage years have been filled with experiences that very few can call their own, but despite working in a grown up world, Bieber tells V magazine, he's in no rush to say goodbye to his childhood.
"People need to know I'm not a kids anymore, but at the end of the day, I'm not completely grown-up," he admits. "I'm still learning, I'm going to grow up how I grow up. I'm not going to try to conform to what people want me to be or go out there and start partying, have people see me with alcohol."
Maintaining the respect of both his young fans and their parents is the goal and Bieber has a role model he wants to fashion his career after.
"I want to be able to do what Michael [Jackson] did -- he always sang clean lyrics -- an it was always that little kids loved Michael and grandparents loved Michael," he explained. "I don't want to start singing about things like sex, drugs and swearing. I'm into love, and maybe I'll get more into make love when I'm older. But I want to be someone who is respected by everybody."
Bieber is startlingly aware of his age and his position in the music industry, explaining he doesn't want people to think of him as a teen sensation -- rather he wants to transition and "become the greatest." But how does a singer who appeals primarily to teenage and little girls plan to sustain his appeal and reach a wider audience?
Bieber believes it's all about making good music. "People hate me before they even listen to my music ... They just hate me because they hate the idea of me," he tells V. "I'm young, I'm handsome -- I don't mean to sound conceited -- but they think that I just got here because [of that], because I'm good-looking and girls like me."
Yes, the girls like him. They go crazy for him. Their love compels them to threaten his 19-year-old girlfriend, Selena Gomez. It's their fandom to an extent that boxes Bieber into the teenybopper status and makes it much harder to gain a male audience.
"I'm not worried about the guy fans because they're going to come," he boasts. "If they listen to the music and they like it, it doesn't matter if they go and act like they don't like me. They're going to go home and listen to it."
For more, click over to V magazine.
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 01: Musician Justin Bieber visits the Nintendo World Store on September 1, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 15: Justin Bieber performs on ABC's Good Morning America' at ABC News' Good Morning America Times Square Studio on November 15, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Michael N. Todaro/WireImage)
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 11: Justin Bieber attends the Z100s Jingle Ball 2009 presented by H&M at Madison Square Garden on December 11, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage for Clear Channel Radio)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 13: Singer Justin Bieber poses after his free performance presented by KIIS-FM at Nokia Plaza L.A. Live on February 13, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 26: Justin Bieber promotes his new book 'First Step 2 Forever' at Barnes & Noble, 5th Avenue on November 26, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 15: Justin Bieber attends KIIS FM's 2010 Wango Tango Concert at Staples Center on May 15, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
Teen idol Justin Bieber arrives on the red carpet for the 68th annual Golden Globe awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, on January 16, 2011. AFP PHOTO/Valerie MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Justin Bieber attends the 'Justin Bieber: Never Say Never' premiere at the O2 Cineworld on February 16, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Jon Furniss/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 22: Singer Justin Bieber poses in the press room with the Digital Artist of the Year award during the 2011 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena May 22, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 08: Justin Bieber attends the 2011 CMT Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 8, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
Singer Justin Bieber attends the 2011 BET Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on June 26, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (FilmMagic)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - AUGUST 07: Singer Justin Bieber arrives at the 2011 Teen Choice Awards held at Gibson Amphitheatre on August 7, 2011 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
Singer Justin Bieber arrives at the The 28th Annual MTV Video Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on August 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 08: Justin Bieber attends the Dolce & Gabbana Boutique on September 8, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Dolce & Gabbana)
Singer Justin Bieber poses in the press room at The 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards held at Staples Center on February 13, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 17: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Musician and 2011 Horizon Award Recipien Justin Bieber poses backstage at the 33rd Annual Georgia Music Hall Of Fame Awards at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center on September 17, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Ben Rose/WireImage)