Justin Bieber might be a contender–in the flyweight division-if he ever strapped on boxing gloves. Until then, the next best thing is Complex magazine’s 10th Anniversary issue, which roughs up the teen sensation in the ring.
Justin also pulled few punches in the accompanying interview. He talked fairly openly about his relationship with Selena Gomez and his upcoming album Believe. It’s “go big or go home” he said of the album.
Although Bieber has rocketed to fame as the first YouTube sensation, he still thinks he has a lot to prove. “I feel like it’s my responsibility to be the greatest I can be,” he says.
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“If I start making terrible music, I don’t expect people to like me. If I’m making great music and there’s no reason for people to dislike me, that’s when it’s going to make me upset.
“People just need to take a chance and listen. If they don’t want to take a chance, then I don’t know. That’s going to be the biggest problem: to make them feel like it’s cool for them to like my music,” he explains.
Justin appears determined to show more maturity on the upcoming album. He’ll drop the first single Mar. 26. The boy wonder even raps, although he makes light of it. “I just rap for fun; it’s nothing to take seriously,” he admits.
So far the singer knows how do deliver a knock-out punch in music if not the boxing ring. His Christmas album went double platinum. “Christmas albums don’t do that, and that still wasn’t good enough for me,” he says.
“When I release something, I want it to be the best. When I release my fragrance, I want it to be the No. 1 fragrance; I don’t want it to be the ninth-best-selling fragrance.”
Justin stopped short of delivering a one-two punch on his relationship with Gomez. He wouldn’t say he is in love. But he’s not afraid to be out in the open with it.
“There’s no way to hide the relationship completely, because then it would be unfair to us,” he explains.
“It’s like, ‘You take this car, and I’ll take this car, and then we’ll meet up at the spot. Then, you go in this door, I’ll go in this door. We’ll end up crossing ways. You get back in this car. We’ll cross over, do a James Bond. You go through the kitchen. I’ll go through the back area.
“Then we’ll meet in the dressing room and see each other.’ At that point, it’s not even a relationship. You’re just hiding from everyone. That’s unfair and unhealthy, man,” he says.