Justin Bieber talks fashion, new music, growing up, and upcoming movie Zoolander 2 with WWD during an interview on the 15th floor of The Landmark Mandarin Oriental just hours before his performance at the Calvin Klein event.
On fashion: “Just being recognized by the fashion world in such a way so far has been awesome. I’m excited to venture into a new lane…. Really new and something I’ve always really liked, but now I’m just moving forward into that direction.”
On his legal issues and run-ins with the law over the past few years: “I don’t think anyone has really doubted my musical capability and that’s what has sustained me this long, through all the negative stuff that’s been portrayed of me.
“People wanted me to apologize, which I don’t know if it’s really fair. I’ll definitely take responsibility…as I’m growing but I’ll never apologize for being human and making mistakes. I think that that’s just part of growing and living and becoming a man or a woman. It’s been a cool learning process. I’m really happy where I am right now, that’s for sure…take a second to, like, step back and evaluate the situation and think, OK, that might not be true, or just give me the benefit of the doubt. That’s all I ask.”
On his current style: “I really into, like, drapy things, drapy sweaters, layering pieces.”
On launching his own fashion brand: “I haven’t lost that passion. It’s just such a big deal….I just want to make sure it’s perfect and right and take my time with it. I know Kanye [West] has been working on his stuff for years and failed and came back and tried again and failed. It’s about trial and error and I don’t know if I’m ready for that yet. Fashion’s definitely really important, but I got to make sure I’m ready for the failing part of it because I know that comes with it. It’s not easy. It’s not like putting out an album.”
On putting out a new album: “You’ll find yourself in the studio for months at a time and find nothing and then all of the sudden it’s like bang, bang, bang and you get [ideas] like one after the other. Finally you get in a rhythm and a motion, and I feel like that’s where I’m at, just kind of finally collecting all of the songs that I want to come out.”
On growing up under public scrutiny, social media and the damaging effects of bullying: “It’s all perception of how you take it in…if you, like, get satisfaction from the love, you’re gonna die by the hate. I use it like a platform for me to reach out to people and that’s it. Not use it for validation or something like that.”
“I think that’s what’s ruining the younger generation is they feel so judged and they have to be some sort of way. I just believe that’s discouraging a lot of kids and I want to help [with] that in any way I can.”
On movie “Zoolander 2,” and his first acting role: “I start the movie off. The first thing you see in the movie, which is pretty cool. I do this whole, like, parkour sequence. I’ve never really done something like that before. I didn’t expect Ben [Stiller] to be so hands on….It was really cool to have him direct me in such a nonthreatening way. I wasn’t intimated at all.”