Justin Bieber appears in a feature for Interview magazine, and the shoot is so bizarre. Bieber licks a knife and puts on a few masks, including a scary clown. You can see the photos here. Martha Stewart does the interview, and I guess they’re tight now after Bieber’s Comedy Central roast. Interview mag features usually contain a whole lot of conversational fluff with few relevant details, but there’s a few zingers here.
Bieber talks about how he met his man-child of a manager, Scooter Braun, who his mom thought was “creepy” at first. Braun also manages Ariana Grande, which is telling. Ariana’s recent behavior reminds me of how petulant Bieber used to act before he started pulling dangerous stunts like drag racing and driving on sidewalks. Scooter would vehemently defend Swaggy but also admitted the kid made him lose sleep. Here’s some excerpts:
On meeting Scooter: “He kind of stalked me, basically. He got in touch with a lot of people in Stratford because he couldn’t get in touch with me. My mom’s last name is Mallette, and my last name is Bieber, so he contacted my great aunt, who I’d never met before. He contacted the school board. My mom was getting all these messages saying, “This guy named Scooter is trying to get in touch with you.” After a while, it got kind of creepy to my mom, so she finally gave him a call to tell him to stop calling. She ended up talking to him for about two hours. They kept in touch, and we eventually made a trip out to Atlanta to see what he’s about and to see what kind of connections he could get.No, I never really dreamed of it. I didn’t know about anything like that. So when Scooter was contacting us, I started to think, like, “Wow, this could actually be my life. I could actually do this for a living and make music and travel the world.” So that’s when I started getting excited. And when I moved down to Atlanta, I met Usher.”
Did he drop out of high school? “I finished high school with a 4.0 GPA.”
His upcoming music: “The new album’s going really well. I’m working a lot with Skrillex and Diplo and this guy named Poo Bear, who’s an incredible writer. It’s just very personal. People will be able to really get in to where my heart is. It’s about my journey in life — stuff that I’ve been through. Maybe I can teach a lesson, certain things that are inspiring.”
[From Interview Magazine]
Swaggy took a moment to declare himself “single” but adds that he loves cooking breakfast for a girl. Oh, and his drink of choice is 1942 tequila. I think those details are supposed to make him sound grown up. We’re also supposed to be impressed by the 4.0 high school G.P.A., but Bieber was privately tutored. He didn’t duke it out with other kids on a sliding curve grade scale.
Here’s an artsy-fartsy video of Bieber’s new collaboration with Skrillex, “Where Are U Now.”
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