Justin Bieber Talks Fans, Haters, and His Goals for the Future!
In Justin Bieber's recent interview with V Magazine, he revealed that he is "not a kid anymore," however, he doesn't feel "completely grown-up" either. Check out the interview to find out everything from his goals, to how he deals with his haters, and how he keeps in touch with his fans.
On taking breaks throughout the year: I try to take one now. When I'm releasing an album, I don't really get time off because I've got to work to promote the album. But other than that, I try to take one to two days off a week, yeah. I just hang out with my friends, go to the movies. In L.A., I go to Jaden [Smith]'s all the time.
On selling out Madison Square Garden: Yeah. I went to watch Taylor Swift perform at the Garden with [longtime manager] Scooter [Braun], and everyone was waving their arms back and forth—she was getting everyone to do it. I said, I want to be here and make everyone wave their arms back and forth. And Scooter was like, someday. And two years later I sold it out in twenty-two minutes.
On his goals: My goal at the end of the day—right now—I want to be successful and be great at what I do. But eventually, I want to become the best at what I do. I want to be the best. In the world. I want to be better than anybody that's ever done it. And in order to do that, I need to strive to be the best, be good to people and treat people with respect, and work as hard as I can. Because for me, I work so hard and this consumes my life, and it's not worth it if I'm not the best.
On the best performer: I mean, I consider Michael Jackson the best. If I could be at his level… But I've got a lot of work to do. I'm not saying it's going to happen within the next three years. But hopefully by the time I'm 30, people will remember me. I think people will remember me at this point, but I don't want people to just think of me as a teen sensation. Because I could probably just sell out, and then in two years not put out another album, and just become Justin Bieber the teen superstar. But I don't want to be that. I want to transition, and become the greatest.
On his image: Here's the thing: I think that I don't need to try to do anything. There are people who try to grow up too fast—they're 18, so they're like, I'm not a kid anymore. People need to know I'm not a kid anymore. But at the end of the day, I'm not completely grown-up. I'm still learning. I'm going to grow up how I grow up. I'm not going to try to conform to what people want me to be or go out there and start partying, have people see me with alcohol. I want to do it at my own pace. But I'm never going to make myself so the kids and the parents don't respect me. There're some artists that [parents won't] let their kids go and see because they think they're a bad influence. I want to be able to do what Michael did—he always sang clean lyrics—and it was always that little kids loved Michael and grandparents loved Michael. I don't want to start singing about things like sex, drugs, and swearing. I'm into love, and maybe I'll get more into making love when I'm older. But I want to be someone who is respected by everybody. Because right now, the young people are who make society. Young people determine what's cool. Young people determine what's going to be in style. So I always stick with the young people, that's what I say.
On his fans and haters: It's all about making good music, and people hate me before they even listen to my music. I know a lot of people say they hate Justin Bieber who haven't even listened to any of my music. They just hate me because they hate the idea of me. I'm young, I'm handsome—I don't mean to sound conceited—but they think that I just got here because [of that], because I'm good-looking and girls like me, but the music isn't there. Here's the thing: my first album, I was 13 turning 14 when I recorded it, and I put it out when I was 14 or 15. It was my first time recording, and it turned out really well. We put it out, my fans loved it, but I was still really young. Then the second album came out, and I'd geared it mostly toward the fans. And I feel like the more I put out, people will realize it's really good music, and they're going to come. I'm not worried about the guy fans because they're going to come. If they listen to the music and they like it, it doesn't matter if they go and act like they don't like me. They're going to go home and listen to it.
On tweeting: That's about keeping my fans in the loop of what I'm doing all the time. I want them to see that I'm not too good for them, and that I can still tell them what I'm doin all the time and be able to keep them informed of when stuff is coming out. When you follow me on Twitter, you are literally following my life. I think that's really cool.