A Bloody & Bruised Justin Bieber Covers ‘Complex’ Magazine


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?


  • Mr. Gyllenhaal

    This kid makes me laugh!!! I can’t take anything he says serious. I just don’t see the appeal but I applaud the kid for his success!

  • nicole

    as bad as it is to say this, and i dont care if i get hate for saying this..
    this is something i’ve been dying to see. sure its not real, but it gives me a great idea on what he would look like if someone did him good.

    as for the article..the “Yo,i just got off a flight” line made me want to hit him. i hate when he uses the word ‘yo’. and the kid definitely has high hopes for his career – to be like MJ? good lord.

  • Sandra Beelas

    um.. FAIL! Steeve Foster (an up and coming pop singer and songwriter AND pure hottie) did that concept 5 YEARS AGO!!!!
    f*ck sign that kid for christs sake! that steeve foster dude had all the ideas before everyone lol. i was listening to his stuff he made in 2006 when everybody was doing hiphop he was doing pop dance music! before everyone! now his songs sounds unoriginal cause everyones doin this sh** but he was doing it when ppl didnt. Why doesnt he have a record deal yet?.. i wrote him once and told me he have no money and no contacts in the music industry and he lives in canana..COULD SOMEBODY PLS SIGN THIS KID:) http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=171093366256424&set=a.171093206256440.35486.170365512995876&type=3&theater

  • Sam

    Wait, weren’t you all up in arms when Heather Morris did a bruised photo shoot? Why is this any different?

    • @Sam — Well, in the context of this photoshoot … The Biebs is engaged in a boxing match, therefore … it’s a sport … rather than random violence with no context.

    • Sam

      I’m just confused because people put a context where there is none. Morris could have also been to a boxing match earlier, yet people assume that she was assaulted. Bieber is put in a boxing ring with a random, obviously stronger arm in the shot coming at him and he’s literally being beat to shreds, yet it’s ok.

  • kendra

    I’m a wuss so violence to anyone makes my tummy churn..But I guess this is more interesting than a regular pretty boy shoot, eh? Personally, I’m not a fan..Being 33, I’d be worried about myself if I WAS a fan..But I think he’s a good kid..If I had a little girl or boy who liked him I wouldn’t mind..But, luckily, I have a 15 year old who would rather listen to Beck and Pink Floyd so I don’t have to deal with it.. :)

  • Sam

    And the fact that the cover itself doesn’t show any context at all

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  • Cazzie

    D: Is he trying to make violence and getting beat sexy, cause its not working. Hollywood and its photographers are messed up trying to promote things like domestic violence. Bieber was trying to do something edgy, but it comes off as a stupid move on his part. Haha, this photo-shoot proves hes a wagger that gets put in his place. Mhm, if he really wants to lose his prepubescent fans, he needs to grow the fuck up and come clean. He has probably tried drugs, he probably isn’t a virgin, and he probably enjoys every fucking minute of the glorified fame and money he has. Being someone your not, always works against you.(lol sorry for my random rant, btw cool website)

    • Stephanie

      Why does he have to have done drugs? I don’t get it? I know plenty of people who have never. I am 33, my brother is 39, neither one of us have done them (and we live in small town Canada where that’s all there is to do) The opportunity was there, but the fear of our parents was greater. We did not want to get a beat down from our dad. Hey, maybe Justin’s mom, dad and Grandparents raised him right?

  • Ayleigh

    @nicole. Same. I was sad when I found out this was for a magazine.

  • JCZ

    He was going alright until the MJ comment… I mean dude, no one, not even ADELE will outsell MJ. Now before someone corrects me, I am referring to an album like Thriller, World wide!

    But we’re in a day & age where we are gonna see less records being broken and the records that artist achieve will be *NEW* ones – like Digital Charts etc..

    No matter HOW popular this kid is, he won’t be selling in the leagues of the old rock bands and massive pop stars of the 80s and 90s – Adele is the rare exception, they will be coming around once in a blue moon, but JB just doesn’t have that appeal that Adele does to the young & old. The comments comes around too cocky, sounds like Gaga to me.

  • HE STILL look about 5 years old! LOL!

  • pscheck2

    I understand he is under the complete control of that record mogol (can’t think of his name–Usher?)therefore, anything coming out of his mouth is preprogramed and scripted by this producer! And his involvement with Selma is probably the best PR (& PDA) job going!You have to realize, his career is generating millions for himself and others involved with this career! He is not going to chop down this ‘money tree’ anytime soon, sop expect more of this phony photoshoots and interviews! (Just say’in).

  • Justice!!!