This is another step in Bieber’s push towards an adult sound, and edge, as he inevitably morphs into Justin Timberlake (there’s already opinion that Bieber’s 2012 Girlfriend music video is a copy & paste of N Sync’s 2002 Girlfriend video). But it’s a gradual climb; the sneakers will be replaced with dress shoes, the sweats will be replaced with suits, the long hair will be trimmed back and slicked making him an easier archetype for use in movie roles etc.. At the moment, though, he’s too… soft for that. Still too underdeveloped, young, and feminine in some respects. But it’s changing. And there’s a little of that in the interview too, with Bieber admitting fame has jaded him.
On not getting drunk: “For me, it’s just like, I like to be in control of myself. I mean, I’ve had a beer, like, before…. But I never get out of control.”
On the darker side of fame: “I mean, I keep my guard up a lot, because you know, you can’t trust anyone in this business. That’s what’s sad. You can’t trust anybody. I learned the hard way.”
He loves his new car: He is euphoric. So much so that he has decided to pledge his loyalty to West Coast Customs forever and to decry its rival, Platinum Motorsport. “F**k Platinum. Platinum can suck a d**k, man. West Coast all day.”
On his maturity: “I’m 18 years old and I’m a swaggy adult!” he yells. “Come on, swaggy bros!”
On his music: Bieber himself puts it to me, with casual bravado: “I’ve never made a bad song.”
On Kim Kardashian: “You guys are so mean, bro…. People say she doesn’t do anything; she actually does do stuff…. She works hard.” - via GQ Magazine.