Justin Bieber Says Fame Almost Destroyed Him Billboard Magazine Interview

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Justin Bieber graces the cover of Billboard magazine ahead of the Purpose album release.

We're just over a week away from Bieber's new album release, and the 21-year-old is hard at work reminding us. This year, he rehabbed his image from bucket pissing, egg slinging, law defying adolescent into a grateful, spiritual(?) adult. In recent weeks, he's traveled all over the world to perform new songs off the album. With most Bieber stints, there comes a bit of controversy: he walked out of a concert in Norway, showed an off-beat audience how to clap and abruptly left a radio interview.

Bieber's carefully crafted comeback includes a revealing interview with Billboard, where he discusses on making dance music, Selena Gomez, his dad and the famous comment from Bette Midler.

Here are several highlights:

Making meaningful dance music:
“It’s hard to make meaningful songs that make you want to dance because it can come off cheesy. In the past I’ve recorded songs that I didn’t like, that I wouldn’t listen to, that the label was telling me to record. I’m self-expressing with this album — I can’t skip on the moments that were dark, the moments that were happy, the ex-girlfriend stuff. It makes it real, rather than ‘Let’s call up Max Martin to write you a hit song.’ I want my music to be inspiring.”

Selena Gomez:
“I’m proud of the woman she is today... When you love someone that much, even if something comes between you, it’s a love that never really dies.”

On Kylie Jenner:
"Look at her world: She has been living on TV since she was a kid. Every time she’s looking around she sees a camera, and that’s affecting how she’s thinking and how she’s perceiving people and why she has to do certain things ... Situations that happen taint your mind, especially in this industry. Especially for girls.”

On teen stardom:
“I want people to be more kind to young celebrities. Like Kylie [Jenner]. Look at her world: She has been living on TV since she was a kid. Every time she’s looking around she sees a camera, and that’s affecting how she’s thinking and how she’s perceiving people and why she has to do certain things … Situations that happen taint your mind, especially in this industry. Especially for girls.”




On fame:
“It might seem awesome from the outside, but I’m struggling,” he says. “Certain things broke my trust with people. Situations happen that taint your mind. I started going through the motions. I felt like people were judging me all the time. I came out alive. I came out swinging. But I was close to letting [fame] completely destroy me.”

Bette Midler’s response to his father's reaction to his naked photos:
“This Britt Meddler, I don’t even know who that is, honestly. I wanted to immediately say ‘Who is this lady?’, but then I’m just fueling this negativity. I do feel the photo was an invasion of my privacy. I felt super violated. My dad made light of it, but I don’t think that’s sick and twisted. It was funny. Dads are going to be dads.”

His dad:
“He was immature. He left for like a year when I was about 4, went to British Columbia, came back on Father’s Day. I remember my mom said, ‘If you’re going to be here, you have to be here.’ There’s a misconception that he’s this deadbeat dad, but he has been in my life since. I was with him on weekends and Wednesdays.”

Read the full interview here.