Justin Bieber is opening up in front of cameras again, this time in a revealing new video interview. Speaking with France’s Clique TV, Justin talked about fame, his bad boy reputation, working with Kanye West, gun control and his top five favorite rappers.
On his image: “I just want people to see me as a normal dude. Like, I just come in here with my hoodie because I’m comfortable, and just chillin’, and not trying too hard. I just want to have a good time and show people that I’m normal.”
On what it was like to get his first big paycheck: It felt really cool, man. It felt like … I used to have to, my mom would always make me order water at restaurants. I could never get a soft drink. Those are like little things that when you’re a kid, they matter. Like, you get disappointed, like, ‘I just wanted a soda, Mom.’ Or like, I would go and share meals with my mom and stuff. It’s not like we were like, really, really, really dirt poor, but there were struggles, and when I got my first check I just felt the security to be able to take care of my mom because she always took care of me. Just being able to take care of your mom feels really good.”
On feeling lonely: “People would never guess that artists like myself would feel lonely, with all things that are always around us and people, but a lot of it is really surface-y, and there’s no depth to those relationships. So you just end up feeling like, well, I’m connecting but I’m not feeling what I want to feel. So, that’s where I ended up. I was just in a place of like searching because I felt like people weren’t what I needed them to be for me. So now, I’m really surrounded by really cool people who are like, really for me, and I can really connect with [them]. I’m in the best place ever, probably [that] I’ve ever been in my life.”
On collaborating with Kanye West for the singer’s next album: “We did this one song — I don’t know if it’s gonna make the album, but it was really cool, a really New York vibe. Kanye’s a talker, so you get him in a room and he just starts talking, and he just starts ranting, and I just sit and I listen because he’s been through a lot of stuff. He’s not just talking to just talk. He’s obviously got something to say that he’s feeling from his heart. So when I hear that, I like to just sit and listen. He’s a really, really smart guy.”
On gun control laws: “I’d probably just fix some of the gun laws. In Canada, we don’t really have any guns and there’s no gun violence, so that really solves it. I mean, they think that it’s for protection and stuff, but it always ends up in some bozo’s hand.”
Justin also named his all-time favorite rappers, talked about his friends in the skateboarding community and more. Watch the full interview below: