Justin Bieber, the reinging prince of pop, is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of Complex magazine. Not only does The Biebs open up to Complex about drugs, fame and his ladylove Selena Gomez, but he also features in not one but TWO magazine covers. On both covers, JB is bloody and battered (as if he got into a fight) in a seeming attempt to look tough … or something. Want to see more? Click below to see both of Justin’s Complex magazine coverphotos and read some excerpts from his scintillating coverstory interview. AND if that’s not enticing enough … you can also see photos below of Justin getting his ASS kicked in the boxing ring. You know you want to see that.
On falling victim to drugs like child stars before him: Bieber’s manager Scooter recalls a conversation they had about drugs: “He called me and said ‘Do you know why I’m never going to do that stuff? Because I know you’d walk in and beat the shit out of me.’” Bieber says he’s never even smoked a cigarette in his life.
On dealing with fame: “I’ll be covering my face,” he says, “and it pisses me off so much when people say, ‘Get over it, Justin. You’re famous. People are going to take your picture. Suck it up, you’re rich…’ It’s like, ‘Yo, I just got off an eight-hour flight. I’m tired and my eyes have bags under them. I’m not trying to take pictures. I’m not going to come to your house, wake you up, and start snapping your picture.’”
On Selena Gomez: “There’s no way to hide the relationship completely, because then it would be unfair to us,” he says. “It’s like, ‘You take this car, and I’ll take this car, and then we’ll meet up at the spot. Then, you go in this door, I’ll go in this door. We’ll end up crossing ways. You get back in this car. We’ll cross over, do a James Bond. You go through the kitchen. I’ll go through the back area. Then we’ll meet in the dressing room and see each other.’ At that point, it’s not even a relationship. You’re just hiding from everyone. That’s unfair and unhealthy, man.”
On people who say he looks feminine: When asked about a recent V magazine shoot in which critics thought he looked feminine, Bieber is coolly dismissive. “Every guy has feminine qualities,” he says. “You’re raised by your mother and father, and I was raised mostly by my mother. I think the pictures turned out good—so whatever.”
On his quest to be like Michael Jackson: “There’s no point in doing this if I’m not going to be the best,” Bieber says. It’s this attitude that suggests Bieber will have a longer run than other tween pop stars. “When I release something I want it to be the best,” he continues. “When I release my fragrance, I want it to be the number-one fragrance; I don’t want it to be the ninth-best-selling fragrance. My Christmas album went double-platinum worldwide. Christmas albums don’t do that, and that still wasn’t good enough for me.” Bieber wants to win so much he’s only looking to the record books for comp. “He’s competitive with Michael Jackson,” Braun relates. “When he looks at who he should chase and who’s setting the bar, we only talk about Michael Jackson. We talk about Michael probably every other day.”
Hee hee … I honestly cannot take Justin Bieber interviews seriously. He may be ungodly rich but he’s still a kid. Even tho he’s been prepped to give the right answers, he really sounds like a little kid trying to sound grown up. Interviews are not his strong suit … photoshoots are. And speaking of … here are the photos you KNOW you want to see. JB gettin’ his face beat in:
See, The Biebs can take a licking and can keep on ticking. He looks so tough, don’t he? What do y’all think of his interview? Want more, you can read the full online version HERE. As for the photos, which is your fave?