Justin Bieber wants you to know he's not the next Lindsay Lohan, Britney Spears or Corey Feldman.
The 19-year-old pop star has been making headlines with erratic behavior that includes showing up late to concerts, passing out backstage, threatening paparazzi, wearing gas masks, going shirtless in freezing temperatures and allegedly spitting on a neighbor during an argument.
Bieber hasn't taken the negative press sitting down, and has fought back via Twitter and Instagram rants about fake stories and "countless lies." Now, after being accused of battery, the pop star is striking back again, telling Us Weekly that he's not on the verge of a breakdown, as reports suggest.
"The biggest misconception about me is that I'm a bad person," Bieber told the magazine. "I get upset about that. I have a big heart. I want to be a good role model, but some people want me to fail."
What's strange is that no one has suggested that Bieber is a bad person, but rather that he's a very famous young man who is quickly unraveling at the seams. The Canadian singer told Us Weekly that some of his strange behavior can be explained. He says he passed out from the flu, and the gas masks he's been spotted wearing were just a joke with his friends -- and a way to hide from the cameras.
It's clear that Bieber (or his team) has grown very uncomfortable with the amount of negative attention that he's been receiving lately, and though he's on the defensive he does admit that he's far from perfect.
"I'm young and I make mistakes. That's part of growing up," he told Us Weekly. "I mess up sometimes. It's part of growing up."
That last comment sounds an awful lot like the semi-apology he issued on "Saturday Night Live" after he was caught smoking weed. During a skit in which he portrayed a Miley Cyrus superfan, he said:
"I also heard [Bieber] got busted for smoking weed and he's really sorry about it and people make mistakes and he's never gonna do it again."
While it's unlikely that Bieber's interview with Us Weekly will help quell rumors that the world is witnessing the slow breakdown of a teenage pop star, he wants to drive home the message that he's in a good place.
"I know who I am and I'm not gonna let negativity towards me bring me down." Bieber told Us Weekly. "This business can break you down, but I have a strong team around me, and my family and all the fans... I'm not perfect but I'm growing and trying to be better everyday. That's part of life."
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