Justin Bieber fans might not be able to expect sex, drugs or very much rock-and-roll from the Canadian teen pop star, but if he has his way they can at least looking forward to seeing their idol around for a while.
“It’s not a fluke that I’m here,” the 17-year-old said in an interview with V Magazine. “I’m here for a reason, and I’m here for a lifetime.”
That bold prediction is just one of several revealing statements Bieber gave to the magazine as the cover boy on its newest issue.
“I know a lot of people say they hate Justin Bieber,” he says. “They just hate me because they hate the idea of me.”
“I’m young, I’m handsome…but they just think I got here because of that,” he tells the mag.
Even with millions of fans, more than $14 million in album sales and 58 awards to his name, the “Baby, Baby, Baby” singer has his fair share of critics who aren’t afraid to rib the singer for his goody-two-shoes image.
But “the Biebs,” as he is jokingly known, tells the magazine he doesn’t care.
“I’m not going to try to conform to what people want me to be or go out there and start partying, have people see me with alcohol… I’m never going to make myself so the kids and the parents don’t respect me,” he says.
That goes for his music, too.
“I don’t want to start singing about things like sex, drugs and swearing…I want to be able to do what Michael did,” said the heartthrob, revealing the late music icon Michael Jackson as his inspiration for “clean lyrics.”
“I’m into love, and maybe I’ll get more into making love when I’m older,” said Bieber, who dates actress Selena Gomez and faced a very public paternity suit earlier this year from a 20-year-old woman who eventually dropped her case against him.
Though he doesn’t address the scandal specifically, Bieber tells the magazine, “Now that I’m on top, everyone wants to bring me down.”
While implying his critics don’t phase him, the star’s comments indicate he does at least pay attention to his naysayers. But he’s determined to have a long career, using the ambition that already has him selling out stadiums instead of sitting in high school choir practice.
“I don’t want people to think of me as just a teen sensation,” he says. “Eventually, I want to become the best at what I do. I want to be the best. In the world.”