Justin Bieber Says Fame Almost Destroyed Him Billboard Magazine Interview

November 5, 2015 By Jordan Miller

Bieber talks about Selena Gomez, teen stardom, his dad and Bette Midler.

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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 *******, 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.