In the latest issue of music magazine NME, cover star Justin Bieber opens up in a very candid interview about fame, his bad-boy reputation, and the current success of his latest album Purpose. The popstar revealed the doubled-edged nature of fame, saying it was difficult to be in the public eye during his teenage years, when he had a series of much-publicised run-ins with the law. Bieber says that due to the media scrutiny he receives, he was held to a “different standard” to other people his age when he was just “rebelling against everybody and everything, and being a normal 19-year-old”.
In the interview, Bieber says he identifies with the experiences of late soul singer Amy Winehouse, saying they both received similar treatment by the media during their times of trouble.
“I just want people to know I’m human. I’m struggling just to get through the days. I think a lot of people are. You get lonely, you know, when you’re on the road. People see the glam and the amazing stuff, but they don’t know the other side. This life can rip you apart. I watched the Amy Winehouse documentary [Amy] on the plane and I had tears in my eyes because I could see what the media was doing to her, how they were treating her. People thought it was funny to poke her when she was at rock bottom, to keep pushing her down until she had no more of herself. And that’s what they were trying to do to me.”
Bieber also revealed his affinity with rapper Kanye West, who helped him with his latest album, and who he says ‘gets’ him.
“Out of anyone in the industry who is creative and I see eye to eye with, he really gets me,” Bieber says of West. “His advice is always just, ‘make music that’s so good people can’t hate on it’. I didn’t wanna bore him or waste his time. So I was like, ‘Can I play you these songs?’ and he was like, ‘I wanna hear everything.’ To hear him say that, it stuck with me. It just showed that he cared.”
You can read the full interview here.
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