Justin Bieber discusses Jay-Z, God and Twitter for Teen Vogue

Justin Bieber on the cover of Teen Vogue

Justin Bieber has been in the tabloids for all the wrong reasons lately. The pop singer and his longtime girlfriend Selena Gomez split in December on what was supposed to be a lovers’ getaway. Since then, he seems to have been struggling a bit with his newfound single-hood. Between his violent confrontation with a paparazzo and his late arrival to a London concert, he seemed to be going through… something. In a new interview with Teen Vogue, Justin is opening up about the latest madness surrounding him, his inner circle, his critics, and his spiritual side.

“I know who I am, and I’m very much in control,” Justin tells the magazine. “I don’t need to address every speculation. Remember when Cam’ron dissed Jay-Z? Jay-Z didn’t even respond. Why didn’t he respond? He didn’t need to respond because he’s Jay-Z.”

However, just because he doesn’t need to respond doesn’t mean that Justin doesn’t sometimes want to. “I see so much stuff on the Internet, sometimes I just want to go to Twitter and just go after people,” he admits. “But then I just think twice: If someone is dissing me, I’m going to make this person way more famous by tweeting them.”

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“There’s so much nonsense that gets out there that’s not true. I would rather spend time really interacting with my fans. You just have to keep your head high and be positive.”

One way Justin interacts with his fans is on Twitter. “My Twitter is really nice. I have so many fans that I rarely ever see a nasty tweet,” Justin says, adding, “I don’t read YouTube comments because those can get you sad.”

Justin Bieber in Teen Vogue

Despite his famous face, Justin has remained grounded and that can likely be credited to the people closest to him. So, who are those lucky devils? “My dad, my mom, Ryan [Good]. Ryan and Chaz [his friends from home]. [Lil] Twist is my best friend,” Justin reveals. “They don’t see me as Justin Bieber, but just see me as Justin.”

That small group of people are who Justin trusts and confides in and according to him, that’s all he needs. “I get good vibes from people all the time, and I probably could get along with them and be their friend, but now I just don’t trust anybody,” he explains. “Literally, my phone never rings. I only have, like, four people that I keep in contact with. I don’t need a bunch of friends to make me happy. I just need the people close to me that I love, that’s all.”

Also during the interview, Justin opened up about his spirituality and reveals why he feels God has blessed him the way he has. “I think that’s part of the reason I’m here. Not just because I’m talented, but because God had a purpose for me to just help people,” he says. “I’m spiritual … although I slept in [and missed] church yesterday. I haven’t been to church in so long, and I planned on going, and I slept in. I was upset. It’s all good. God forgives me.”

It sounds like Justin is really getting back on track — if he was even off track to begin with.

Photographed by Boo George for Teen Vogue

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  • kay

    Grounded? No. He’s an entitled prick with friends who are only there because of his money *coughlittletwistcough*.

  • JustABellaFaccia

    This kinda scares me the way he talks. Hes so young and talks with a very high sense of entitlement. JayZ he is not. He is a young, extremely spoiled child. Im aware he is legally an adult but his childish words and demeanor say otherwise. He thinks he is all that and let me tell you, kids with that outlook end up in very serious situations. His recent immature behaviors have clearly exposed his narcissistic and belligerent attitude. I hope he gets some sort of intervention and have certain expectations explained to him…expectations as a human being living in society where your name or career mean nothing. Someone needs to let him know regardless of his name, he still has to treat fellow people with respect and follow the laws of the country before someone gets hurt…whether it be him or someone in his “posse”.

    • Aria

      I don’t understand why you make such a big issue out of 1 or a couple comments. Is that the only thing you got out of this article? I guess we all have different opinions but from reading this he seems like a well rounded, talented and genuine boy. He’s not doing any wrong to you by comparing himself to Jay Z. On that note, he was not calling himself Jay Z but simply comparing the situation so there’s not need for your rude comments.

      • JustABellaFaccia

        From this article he does seem that way..you are correct. But then we see pictures of him getting high and abusing cough syrup, getting speeding tickets going 120 putting everyone in danger, and recently violently spatting on someone.
        But in this article he pretends to be a genuine well rounded child you also thought he seemed to be. Thst behavior isnt genuine or wellrounded. Its unsafe and entitled. This article would have meanung if he behaved in the real world like he did in this article…sadly he acts like a spoiled punk. Jayz is so incredibly far from that type of actibg. Which is why the comparison was such a joke. He has a lot to lesrn and changes to be made to be able to make such comparisons. I actually like some of his music, I just cant stand the entitled little brat hes turned into.

        • But you don’t actually know him.

          You are going by media reports which often make it up as they go along. Why don’t you reserve judgement on JB, or better still apply it people who actually harm others, rather than a young kid who’s just trying to be a great artist and live his life without millions telling him he’s a douche on a daily basis.

          • JustABellaFaccia

            I have seen videos and police reports…thats a lot more than media reports. I wouldn’t make such a statement based on assumptions, this kid is careless and we all deal with negativity but don’t behave illegally because of it. he needs a wake up call. sure he has haters but he also has more than enough, praise, love, money, support, fans, family, and friends to be happy and act well.

  • Julia_S

    Good article. It makes a change from the bank of snarky, judgmental stuff churning around out there.

    People seem to be under the impression that this young man is a entitled, spoilt, diva.

    They forget he got a big break, worked hard and made a lot of money because he sold a lot of records. Nothing was given, it was work that got Bieber to where he is now.

    And now people want to take him down because he takes his shirt off a two hour show, likes a chat on Twitter, collapsed at a show, and may or may not have had a barney with his neighbor.

    I wish I could take people back to the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, and give them a dose of Keith Moon, David Bowie and Little Richard back in the day and they’d soon find out what a “bizarre” tour is.

    A lot of the garbage that’s written about JB is racist conservatism that doesn’t like the fact that he has friends from different races and may or not smoke weed.

    Big deal.

    If people spent half as much time attending to their own shortcomings and let others live their lives, we’d all be better off.

    You hold your head high Justin, you’ve got as much right as anyone else on this planet to live your life, make you mistakes and keep your own counsel.

    My only advice is this: Take what you are feeling and put in your music. Use the experience and transmute into something amazing. If you are being tested, then pass it with flying colors and become the great artist you can be.

  • Ms.Bev

    Hi! Justin bieber is being himself ! We all have had our moments going the change from teenage to adulthood-remember this is all new to him (becoming an adult) , which does not come with a book of how to !! Back up off him give a chance to learn his way and mistakes , someone gave you (us) a chance to find our way through good and bad!!! Oh! By the way ,he des not compare himself to Jay-Z, his statement was very nice and I love Jay-Z

  • Ms.Bev

    I was not able to finish the other post, but to sum this up , just let him try to learn as an young adult that Life is not all fun and games in the real world , stop being so hard on him , he is new to this and feeling his way! I beleive he will just fine , and fine he is to be so young, I wish he was around when I was young !!Smile. And am no grouppie , by no means. But boy! Oh boy!! I went to my first Justin Bieber convert with my 8year old grandchild in Atlanta, Aug.10, 2013 , I was really blown away, about the entire show ,and came home and made a Justin Bieber concert box for his next concert in Atlanta, Georgia, I realllllllyyyyyyyyy enjoyed his show, but the next time I am going to be BAC stage. Yes back stage!! My grandchild , said ,”grandma you really like him don’t you? “YES!!!!!!!! Is the reply, and just think I was tired of her singing Baby!Baby! , now am singing it and trying to do some of the dances that he and his dancers did , I use to be a dancer of all sort. So leave him alone and let him get the hang of it, something’s will get old to him, give him a moment to experience life-first, this adult hood has problems they we learn everyday. And some of us still act like 2-4year olds. Goodnite and Justin keep up the good work , Keep thinking POSTIVE!!,!!…….