Justin Bieber Full GQ Cover Story: See Interview Highlights Here!
Justin Bieber’s full GQ cover story for the March 2016 issue was released on Thursday. In it, he talks about his controversial incident last month at some ancient ruins, sets the record straight on his monkey, discusses the devil, addresses his hookups with Hailey Baldwin and Selena Gomez, and reveals he takes Adderall. Gossip Cop has gathered some of the best highlights below!
Justin On Hailey Baldwin
Asked if they’re dating, Bieber reportedly shakes his head and looks confused. Asked if they’re “friends who kiss,” he answers, “Uh-huh. I guess so.” He later describes Baldwin as “someone I really love. We spend a lot of time together.”
Justin On Not Settling Down… Yet
“I don’t want to put anyone in a position where they feel like I’m only theirs, only to be hurt in the end. Right now in my life, I don’t want to be held down by anything. I already have a lot that I have to commit to. A lot of responsibilities. I don’t want to feel like the girl I love is an added responsibility. I know that in the past I’ve hurt people and said things that I didn’t mean to make them happy in the moment. So now I’m just more so looking at the future, making sure I’m not damaging them. What if Hailey ends up being the girl I’m gonna marry, right? If I rush into anything, if I damage her, then it’s always gonna be damaged. It’s really hard to fix wounds like that. It’s so hard… I just don’t want to hurt her.”
Justin On Selena Gomez
Bieber calls Gomez his one “bad” breakup, and confirms that “a lot” of his album Purpose was inspired by her. “We don’t talk often, but we’re cordial. If she needs something, I’m there for her. If I need something, she’s there for me,” he says.
Justin On His Parents
After a falling out, he and mom Pattie Mallette have somewhat reconciled, but she now lives in Hawaii, and he confesses, he “doesn’t see her as much as I’d like to.” In fact, he notes his mom and dad have “switched” roles in his life. “I’m a lot closer to my dad than I am to my mom,” he says.
“You don’t need them as much. And for them, it’s like, you were all they had. Not all, but they were so invested in you. And then one day you’re just gone, and you’re doing your own thing, and you don’t need them, and you don’t value their opinion the same, either.”
Justin On Taking Adderall
Bieber reveals he’s been on the prescription for “about a year now, but I think I’m about to get off of it because I feel like it’s giving me anxiety.”
“Here’s the thing, the doctor’s been telling me that the reason I haven’t been able to concentrate during the day is because I’m not getting… I’m not getting restful sleep, so during the day I need [Adderall] to concentrate because I’m not getting the proper — you know, when you sleep, your body creates endorphins, creates these things, and when you’re not getting that sleep…” He ultimately wants to take “something really natural, like a natural sleep aid.”
And by the second day of the interview, he’s stopped taking the prescription. “I’ve been getting a lot of anxiety, and they think it’s stemming from the Adderall. That’s why I’ve stopped taking it. Or else I wouldn’t stop, because I really enjoy it.”
Justin On His Mistakes
“Everyone, when they start growing up, realizes, ‘Man, I did some dumb sh*t when I was younger.’ It’s not just me… If I could go back, I wouldn’t really change much. I think it’s all my journey. That stuff made me who I am.”
Justin On Finding Comfort Through God
“I feel like that’s why I have a relationship with Him, because I need it. I suck by myself. Like, when I’m by myself and I feel like I have nothing to lean on? Terrible. Terrible person. If I was doing this on my own, I would constantly be doing things that are, I mean, I still am doing things that are stupid, but… It just gives me some sort of hope and something to grasp onto, and a feeling of security, and a feeling of being wanted, and a feeling of being desired, and I feel like we can only get so much of that from a human.”
Justin On The Devil
Focusing on negativity is “exactly what the Devil wants. He wants us to not be happy. He wants us to, you know, not live the life that we can truly live.”
Justin On Being Betrayed
“I’ve had people that burned me so many times… If we invest everything we have in a human, we’re gonna get broken.”
Justin On His Monkey Mally Being Confiscated In Germany, Then Not Picked Up
“It wasn’t like I went looking for a monkey or anything. It just kind of fell in my lap,” he says of receiving the animal as a gift. He insists he “had the papers” for traveling with Mally. “In Germany, that monkey’s endangered or something… but I had the papers. I even had it written out that he was a circus monkey and he could travel and all that sh*t. I had all the right papers. Things get twisted.” He now admits, “Honestly, everyone told me not to bring the monkey. Everybody. Everyone told me not to bring the monkey. I was like, ‘It’s gonna be fine, guys!’ It was the farthest thing from fine.”
Bieber is up for getting another monkey… “one day.” He says, “Just gotta make sure I got a house and it stays in the f*cking house. I’m not gonna bring him to Germany or travel with it anymore. People are always like, ‘Why did you get a monkey?’ If you could get a monkey, well, you would get a fucking monkey, too! Monkeys are awesome.”
Justin On Being Asked To Leave Ancient Ruins In Mexico
“The reason why I went there in the first place was to go see those ruins. Because I love history. Things that were first… And the Mayans had such a big impact on society today. Whether it’s the calendar, or whatever it may be. They have a lot of firsts.”
“Me and my boys have been doing this thing where we moon each other whenever we take a picture. So [my pal] went to take my picture, and I mooned him. And I guess [the site’s security] thought that I was being disrespectful to the site or whatever. That’s not what I was doing. I immediately was like, ‘Man, I didn’t mean any disrespect…,’ but they weren’t really having it. They were like, ‘No! You — this disrespectful!’ I said, ‘All right, cool — we’ll bounce.’ So I just walked out. I just knew it would escalate into something else. The dudes that were escorting us were like four feet tall, and I just wanted to… The old Bieber came back, and I wanted to smack them around a little bit. But I realized, you know what, obviously it looked bad, and it was disrespectful, because I was in their sacred area, showing my ass and stuff. But it was all in good fun. My boys — we do this wherever we are. It’s like a last-second thing: They go to take a picture, and I just turn [and moon]… but yeah, you know, clarifying that, you know, to the Mayan people or whatever, whoever was…felt any disrespect, I’m truly sorry for that. I never meant to disrespect anybody.”
Justin On His Phone
Few people have his number, which changes every six months, and he doesn’t like texting. “I don’t want people to feel like they can just get in contact with me that easy,” he says. The GQ interviewer even notes, “One of the most endearing things about Justin Bieber is that for the entire time I’m with him, he never once looks at his phone.”