Justin Bieber covers Complex Magazine April/ May 2012. There’s a photo shoot and a behind-the-scenes video below the excerpts taken from Bieber’s Complex profile, in which he declines to comment on the Mariah Yeater paternity scandal and instead elaborates on why he’s so open in sharing his relationship with girlfriend Selena Gomez.
On detractors of his rapping bit: “I just rap for fun,” he says. “It’s nothing to take seriously. On my new album, I’m going to do a little bit of rapping.”
On his relationship with 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 a recent video of him rushing past disappointed fans: “The cameramen were waiting for me to come out of the car,” he says. “They thought it was going to be a minute, so they had their cameras down. I sprinted right by them, and they didn’t get any shots of me.” Unfortunately, he says, “I didn’t see the girls there, and it made me look awful.”
On not liking the paparazzi: “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 flipping paps off once, when he and his girlfriend were out celebrating his 17th birthday when their car was surrounded by photographers: “I probably shouldn’t have done that… It was what it was. I’m not hiding from anyone. I am who I am, and I’m not perfect. I don’t want to give these kids the wrong impression. If they learn that from me, that’s not good.”
On how his mother had him when she was 17 and, shortly after, his parents split: ”They did the best they could, but it was tough for them,” he says. “They had to work on their relationship, and trying to raise a kid through that was hard. It made me stronger. There’s a lot of people that I know who wouldn’t be able to handle the position that I’m in now, because it’s too much pressure.”
He’s asked about Mariah Yeater’s paternity suit, but refuses to answer. The questions move onto other rumours like taking drugs to help him stay young: “Yeah, I’m actually a 40-year-old man in disguise.”
On a recent V magazine shoot in which critics thought he looked feminine: “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 career: “There’s no point in doing this if I’m not going to be the best,” he says. “I give up a personal life. I give up my friends and family to pursue what I love and to make my fans happy. Why would I give up so much to be just another singer? When I release something I want it to be the best. 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.”
More on his music: “I feel like it’s my responsibility to be the greatest I can be. If I start making terrible music, I don’t expect people to like me. If I’m making great music and there’s no reason for people to dislike me, that’s when it’s going to make me upset. People just need to take a chance and listen. If they don’t want to take a chance, then I don’t know. That’s going to be the biggest problem, to make them feel like it’s cool for them to like my music.” - via Complex Magazine.