Justin Bieber Opens Up About Selena Gomez And Childhood Stardom: I Almost Let Fame 'Completely Destroy Me'
Justin Bieber opened up to Billboard Magazine, revealing personal details about his family, new album, religion and relationships.
The 21-year-old, who has had his fair share of legal problems, has been overhauling his personal live ahead of releasing his fourth album, Purpose, on Nov. 14.
“I want to veer away from the self-centered attitude,” he tells Billboard. “I m just focused on the people who have been there since the start, on people who are taking the journey now. I want them to feel like we’re doing this together.”
Bieber says he is nervous about the 19-track album, which includes guest-artists Arianna Grande and Skrillex.
“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.”
Bieber is referring to moments with some of the most important people in his life including his mother, father and his ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez.
The on-again, off-again couple last split in 2014.
“I’m proud of the woman she is today,” he says. “When you love someone that much, even if something comes between you, it’s a love that never really dies.” (He admitted he has yet to hear her new album since he knows he “had a lot of play in that one. I don’t know what she’s saying about me.”)
The pop star also sounded off on another popular female in the spotlight: Kylie Jenner.
“I wouldn t suggest being a child star,” he says. “It’s the toughest thing in the world. I want people to be more kind to young celebrities, he says. “Like Kylie. 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.”
He says he continues to struggle himself within the walls of 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.”