Justin Drew Bieber was born March 1, 1994 is a Canadian singer and songwriter. After a talent manager discovered him through his YouTube videos covering songs in 2008 and signed to RBMG, Bieber released his debut EP, My World, in late 2009. It was certified Platinum in the U.S. He became the first artist to have seven songs from a debut record chart on the Billboard Hot 100. Bieber released his first full-length studio album, My World 2.0, in 2010. It debuted at or near number one in several countries and was certified triple Platinum in the U.S. It was preceded by his most successful single to date, “Baby”.
He has won numerous fan-voted awards, including American Music Award for Artist of the Year in 2010 and 2012. In his career, he has received three Grammy nominations, winning one for Best Dance Recording for the song “Where Are Ü Now” at the 2016 ceremony. His fan base, dubbed “beliebers”, largely consists of early to mid-adolescent girls. He has been listed four times by Forbes magazine among the top ten most powerful celebrities in the world in 2011, 2012, and 2013. Bieber also became the first artist to surpass 10 billion total video views on Vevo.
HERE ARE A FEW INTERESTING QUESTIONS ABOUT BIEBER
What was it like to grow up in Ontario?
BIEBER: I grew up in a really rural town, Stratford, Ontario, with 30,000 people. There’s a big festival thrown in the town. A lot of people travel from all over the world to see it, and growing up; I actually used to busk on the street. I’d play my guitar, sing, and people would throw money in the case. That was really fun, and I actually got enough money to bring my mom to Florida to go to Disney World, because I always wanted to go but we never had enough money. Growing up, I played a lot of sports. I played hockey and basketball and soccer.
What’s been your coolest experience performing so far?
Performing for the President was really cool. Actually, amazing.
How does it feel to be mobbed by screaming girls?
Sometimes it’s overwhelming but I love my fans and it’s always great to see them.
How do you deal with all the haters out there?
I don’t let it bother me. If there are haters, you must be doing something right.
RAPID FIRE ROUND-
Opening up about this coming-of-age stage in his life, Bieber discusses being on the cusp of releasing new music, recovering from his breakup with Selena Gomez and transitioning from teen heartthrob to mature pop artist. Read on for his best quotes below, and then read the full interview here.
On his new sound: “I think it’s more relatable now. When I had that young voice it was hard for people to connect. Dudes can listen to it now and say, ‘Yeah, I like that new Bieber song,'”
On his bleached hair: “Blondes do have more fun.”
On how child stars are taken advantage of: “There’s so many people saying that if you just do this and you just sign here, everything’s going to be fine, just don’t worry. And you’re young and you’re like, ‘OK, I trust you! You guys are nice to me. And you smile. And I think that you’re a good person’. You just don’t know their other intentions.”
On his relationship with Selena: “I put so much of myself on the line with her, because I was so distant with everyone else…So when I found that love I was just like, ‘Woah, I want to hold on to this.'”
On what first love feels like: “It’s like, magical. There’s nothing like it. So I felt that and I just didn’t want to let it go.”
On Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid and Hailey Baldwin: “They are literally the sweetest girls. They have the best hearts. They care about me in the same way that I care about them. When people say mean things about them, I get defensive and when it happens to me they get defensive.”
On smoking pot: “You’ll never see me smoking. Because that is not who I am. If it’s something I do then it’s something I do, but it’s not who I am and what I want to put on blast for the world to see…And I don’t want my identity to be anything but whom I am and what my music is portraying me to be.”
On Kanye: “Kanye’s the best. He just talks. For so long. And it’s so dope. Even when it sounds crazy, I know that I’m listening to how he feels because he always puts things into such a different perspective.”
On the success of where is Ü Now: “I completely see that as being God. I couldn’t have asked for a better start to all this stuff, and then the direction that it went in? That was definitely God. Because you never know when you have a hit.”
ABOUT HIS LATEST ATTITUDE AND TIME AT JAIL
Last year you said you got cockier. Were there times when you felt invincible?
I was doing anything. I was doing so many things that I shouldn’t even be on the planet still. I think that it was by the grace of God. The whole time, [Bieber’s manager] Scooter [Braun] always made sure I was safe and made sure situations didn’t escalate. He’d fix every situation. It almost wasn’t good, because I’d be like, any time I want to do something; Scooter is going to take care of it. It backfired a few times. It’s been a cool journey, an awesome learning experience. I wouldn’t take back anything. I wouldn’t do anything over again. I would do it all the same way. I’m not going to say I’m sorry for the things that I’ve done because I think that it allows me to tell a story. If I would’ve came into the industry at a young age and never had any failures, people would’ve been like, who is this kid? He’s not relatable. Now, I went through my shit, I came out on the other side, and I’m going to show you it gets better.
When you were released from jail, you sat on top of an SUV. That seemed like a statement.
I think that was a statement, too. The police, they just wanted press; they wanted attention. I never was speeding; I never was drag racing. Everything that comes out of Miami was “Justin with his dad drag racing.” First of all, my dad wasn’t even with me. He pulled up after because he heard I got pulled over, so he came to see if I was OK. The cop supposedly wanted to be famous for arresting celebrities, and someone had heard him say that prior to that. I wasn’t drinking. I blew the thing and I had 0.01. I might have had a beer earlier in the day or something. I was like, “Officer, what’s going on? What did I do?” And he was like, “Put your hands on the hood!” I was like, what? I lifted my hands and I was like, “What do you mean, what’s going on?” He was like, “I told you, put your hands on the hood! Now you’re under arrest for resisting arrest!” I felt it, dude. I was just like; oh they’re trying to get me right now at any cost. I went in, and I’m telling you that 24 hours sucked. It was really cold. That was the worst part about it.
A lot of people who have spent a night in jail say it was the worst night of their lives.
It’s freezing; it’s uncomfortable; there are people in there you just don’t want to be around. I had people who were yelling at me. They were saying, “Bieber! We fuck with you, bro! We love you! Aye! Keep your head up, bro!” It was kind of funny to hear that, especially from cats in jail.