Justin Bieber Opens Up to THR About Tabloids, Mentor Sessions with Will Smith and More

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justinbieber-thr-112013Justin Bieber has been a media darling as of late, but usually not in a good way.

The 19-year-old has undergone a cannon fodder of bad press and recently sat down with his manager Scooter Braun and The Hollywood Reporter for his first interview in nine months to talk about recent events and his upcoming film Believe.

Scooter on Justin’s shenanigans: “I think his moments of anger come from his resentment toward the ridicule [and] of being judged for things, which a lot of times he hasn’t even done. [Spitting on his fans (as he did from a Toronto hotel balcony in July)?] “Justin was playing the loogie game with his friends over the freaking porch! They put two separate pictures together, implied something, and the whole world ran with it.”

Justin on being influenced by black culture: “I’m very influenced by black culture, but I don’t think of it as black or white. It’s not me trying to act or pose in a certain way. It’s a lifestyle — like a suaveness or a swag, per se. But I don’t really like to say the word [‘swag’] anymore. It’s kind of played out.”

Justin on how he’s been portrayed in the press recently: I don’t give a f—. Not ‘I don’t give a f—’ to just be reckless and do whatever, but ‘I don’t give a f— what they say.’ … I know who I am and what I’m doing in my life and what I’ve accomplished and continue to accomplish as a performer, as a writer, as an artist, as a person, as a human being. I’m happy with the man I’m becoming.”

Scooter on the tabloids: “Say whatever the f— you want. Justin’s not going to go crazy. He’s not going to end up in rehab. He’s not going to end up a statistic.”

Scooter on Justin’s relationship with Drake: “He’ll text me, like, ‘What the hell is going on with this? I’m pissed. I’m calling him right now. I’m about to go in on him,’ ” reveals Braun. “Drake is like a big brother to Justin. And Justin really looks up to Drake. They have an extremely special relationship.”

In the article, Justin also revealed he has weekly calls with Will Smith, the sound of his new music and more.

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