Justin Bieber stopped by On Air with Ryan Seacrest to talk about personal growth, his upcoming album and why he decided to get roasted.
Is the tide turning for Justin Bieber? Certainly. He's pulling out all the stops on his Forgive Me campaign, and dag nabbit people want to like him. Sure, he made it very difficult for us throughout the years between the egging, pants sagging, Selena toying, sizzurp escapades, but he recognizes his douchey ways and wants to make things right.
“I think people forget that and I’m growing up, and I’m figuring some stuff out. You have to sometimes go through the downs to appreciate the ups, and I know people probably thought it was a big ol’ publicity stunt, but we can do interviews and talk about me wanting to change or me wanting to do this, but I’m here to show people a new walk. I want people to look at me and be proud of me. That was all I really wanted to get across.”
Justin continued, “There was no way of me preparing for this [life],” Justin said of rising to fame at 12-years-old. “I didn’t know what I was getting myself into. Now looking back at some of the interviews, I look at it and I’m disappointed because I didn’t see myself in that way. I didn’t know I was being arrogant. Because when you are being cocky, you are the only one that doesn’t know you look like a jerk. So I wouldn’t really change anything because I grew and now I’m looking at it and I can see it. Sometimes I have to learn the hard way.”
Now that that's settled, Justin talked about his upcoming album, which includes contributions from Rick Rubin and Kanye West, who he says he's “been in the studio with him for the past month or so.”
“He just pushes you. He definitely wants it to be my way and my direction and he doesn’t want to steal what I want. That’s why artists like to go to him, because he pulls something out of you that other people don’t.”
The Biebs also mentions his new song with Skrillex and Diplo, “Where Are U Now,” which he says will reflect a similar vibe for his new album.
“It was a cool collaboration that happened really organically,” says Justin, who also performed the song at Miami’s three-day Ultra Music Festival with Skrillex and Diplo over the weekend. “I did the record here in L.A. and I sent it off to them, and they put their little schtick on it, and here we are.”
On Selena Gomez inspiring a lot of the tracks:
“I think a lot of my inspiration comes from her,” Justin said. “It was a long relationship and a relationship that created heartbreak and created happiness and a lot of different emotions that I wanted to write about… there’s a lot of that on this album.”
Listen to the full interview below: