Scooter Braun Talks About Justin Bieber’s “Frustrating” Mistakes: Singer “Will Be Defined By How He Rises”
Scooter Braun candidly opens up about the state of Justin Bieber‘s career in a new interview, talking about their longtime working relationship and how it’s been affected over the last several years as the superstar engaged in questionable, and sometimes illegal, behavior.
In a wide-ranging chat with Complex about Braun’s work as a rising entertainment mogul, the conversation naturally turns to some of Bieber’s “mistakes,” which Braun says can be “overblown,” before admitting there’s some he can’t “defend.” He declines, however, to name any particular incident, saying, “Look, I’m not going to focus on anything specific, but the hardest part is being a little bit older [than your clients], and their actions aren’t necessarily actions you’d [take].”
Braun explains, “Sometimes it’s frustrating because you think, ‘I could’ve avoided that’ or ‘I could’ve helped you get through that,’ but then you realize that you are the person you are because you went through it, and they need the opportunity to go through it too. And if they do, you’re just supposed to be there to help them rise.” He continues, “I’m not interested in the mistakes that people make. I’m interested in how they react to them. That’s what defines us as adults. Being young, like Ariana [Grande] and Justin are, they will have opportunities to fall, and they will be defined by how they rise.”
Braun is reminded that two years ago, both he and Bieber told the magazine that the late Michael Jackson was the singer’s only competition and the only star he aspired to be like. He’s asked to reflect on that comment, and now says, “It’s funny, I talked to him about this today, and I feel like it’s not competition. You nailed it with aspiration, because when you have to give up that much of your life, it’s only worth it if you can strive to be great.” Braun then offers the comparison, “When I was playing basketball in my backyard, I wanted to be Michael Jordan, because when you’re shooting the jumper in the backyard, you don’t want to be the sixth man. With Justin, it’s Michael Jackson and careers like that. But as he becomes more and more of a man each day, the challenge for him is learning who he is.”
“He’s in such an incredible place right now, and he’s excited to share where he is with the world next year,” continues Braun. “It will shock some people and make others really happy. He’s ready to step up and be the man people want him to be, and he got there on his own time, like all of us did. So, right now, it’s less about Elvis and Michael, and more about him being the man he wants to be.”
But Complex wants to know whether it’s Bieber’s professional or personal lives that will “shock” people. Braun’s answer? “It’s one, through his music, and two, through his candor, his openness about what he’s learned in the last year,” he says. What do you think of the new comments?