Justin Bieber and his manager Scooter Braun are on the latest cover of The Hollywood Reporter. In the interview and photo shoot that took place on October 18 – the singer defends himself and shares which celebrities are there to support him.
He states, “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.”
“When people see a negative thing about me on a magazine, they’re gonna buy it. Every time some site writes something bad, all my followers go on there, and it brings them more traffic. Now they have all the Beliebers on their site, which gives them money from advertisers. They’re just worried about money. They don’t care about ruining someone’s name.”
Regarding his hip-hop being an influence Bieber says, “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.”
Braun also says Drake and Will Smith are close friends with Bieber. He explains, “He’ll text me, like, ‘What the hell is going with this? I’m pissed. I’m calling him right now. I’m about to go in on him.'” Drake is like a big brother to Justin. And Justin really looks up to Drake. They have an extremely special relationship.”
On Will Smith – Braun says they talk weekly.
He says of the actor, “He’s telling me: ‘Justin’s got to go through it. You can’t stop him from going through it. That’s youth in itself. He’s a young man who’s growing up, and that’s what makes him interesting and relatable. Otherwise, he’d be some kind of weird robot.”