Justin Bieber Billboard Cover Story 2015: See Interview Highlights Here! (VIDEO)

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Justin Bieber Billboard Cover Story 2015

By Shari Weiss |

Justin Bieber Billboard Cover Story 2015


Justin Bieber has given another wide-ranging interview, this time to Billboard. Gossip Cop has all the highlights below!

Justin On His Struggles
“It might seem awesome from the outside, but I’m struggling. Certain things broke my trust with people. Situations happen that taint your mind. I started going through the motions. I felt like people were judging me all the time. I came out alive. I came out swinging. But I was close to letting [fame] completely destroy me.”

Justin says he felt “empty, lost, like I didn’t know myself, and would think, “You’re not good enough. People hate you. You try too hard.”

Justin On No Longer Focusing on Himself
“Enough with the Justin Bieber Show. I want to veer away from the self-centered attitude. I’m just focused on the people who have been there since the start, on people who are taking the journey now. I want them to feel like we’re doing this together.”

Justin On Being A Child Star And The “Fake Fantasy World” Of Celebrity
“I wouldn’t suggest being a child star. It’s the toughest thing in the world… I want people to be more kind to young celebrities. Like Kylie [Jenner]. Look at her world: She has been living on TV since she was a kid. Every time she’s looking around she sees a camera, and that’s affecting how she’s thinking and how she’s perceiving people and why she has to do certain things… Situations that happen taint your mind, especially in this industry. Especially for girls.”

“Everything is so [based] on people’s looks and stuff… Look at the statistics on how many child stars have crumbled and turned out to be wack jobs. It’s because — it’s [expletive], bro, this lifestyle.”

Justin On His Dad
At 18, he was “not in a place where he could raise a kid. He was immature. He left for like a year when I was about 4, went to British Columbia, came back on Father’s Day. I remember my mom said, ‘If you’re going to be here, you have to be here.’ There’s a misconception that he’s this deadbeat dad, but he has been in my life since. I was with him on weekends and Wednesdays.”

Justin On His Dad’s Nude Photo Tweet And Bette Midler’s Slam
“This Britt Meddler [sic]. I don’t even know who that is, honestly. I wanted to immediately say ‘Who is this lady?’ but then I’m just fueling this negativity. I do feel the photo was an invasion of my privacy. I felt super violated. My dad made light of it, but I don’t think that’s sick and twisted. It was funny. Dads are going to be dads.”

Justin On His Mom
Over the last two years, their relationship became “pretty nonexisting. I was distant because I was ashamed. I never wanted my mom to be disappointed in me and I knew she was. We spent some time not talking, so it takes time to rebuild that trust. She’s living in Hawaii now, so it’s hard, but getting better. She’s an amazing woman and I love her.”

Justin On Selena Gomez
“I’m proud of the woman she is today. When you love someone that much, even if something comes between you, it’s a love that never really dies.” Justin says he hasn’t listened to her new album (“I know I had a lot of play in that one; I don’t know what she’s saying about me”), and that it’s “too soon” for another serious relationship.

Justin On His Comedy Central Roast
“There were moments like, ‘Man, that cut deep,’ but I was there to take it on the chin.”

Justin On Miley Cyrus And Nicki Minaj At The VMAs
“I honestly thought my crying was more talked about.”

Justin On His New Music
“[Expletive,] I’m so nervous. It’s hard to make meaningful songs that make you want to dance because it can come off cheesy. In the past I’ve recorded songs that I didn’t like, that I wouldn’t listen to, that the label was telling me to record. I’m self-expressing with this album — I can’t skip on the moments that were dark, the moments that were happy, the ex-girlfriend stuff. It makes it real, rather than ‘Let’s call up Max Martin to write you a hit song.’ I want my music to be inspiring.”

Scooter Braun On Justin’s Turn-Around
“I see people pointing, saying what a great job I did orchestrating his comeback. I’ll be frank. I failed for a year and a half. He shut himself off and went into a dark place. Every single day I tried to help him turn it around, and every single day I failed. And I tried desperately. The only person who deserves credit for this is Justin.”

Big Sean On Justin’s Career
“He’s building credibility as a true artist right before our eyes. Sometimes people really want you to fail, but when you put good music out, it’s undeniable. You never want to let those mother[expletive] win.”

Skrillex on Justin’s Career
“I’m surprised at how he’s got his [expletive] together. He has been around people who weren’t the best. It’s hard for him to trust, but at the same time he treats everyone around him with respect. He so [expletive] talented. A lot of times when he’s not trying and just freestyles, some of the best shit comes out. You got to hit record right away when he’s, like, testing his mic, because the first idea is a lot of times the best idea.”

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