Justin Bieber: 'I'm not a kid anymore. But ... I'm not completely grown up'

justin-bieber-white-tux.jpg Justin Bieber was recently interviewed by V Magazine and the author of the piece, Elliott Davis, was pleasantly surprised at how great the Biebs was. David describes him as " insightful, self-aware, and prescient ... unguarded, earnest, and real ... a hardworking, near-prodigy precocious kid, a born star."

In the interview, Bieber talks about his career so far and his upcoming 18th birthday.

Bieber on his goals:

"My goal at the end of the day--right now--I want to be successful and be great at what I do. But eventually, I want to become the best at what I do. I want to be the best. In the world. I want to be better than anybody that's ever done it. And in order to do that, I need to strive to be the best, be good to people and treat people with respect, and work as hard as I can. Because for me, I work so hard and this consumes my life, and it's not worth it if I'm not the best."

On his upcoming birthday:

"There are people who try to grow up too fast--they're 18, so they're like, I'm not a kid anymore. People need to know I'm not a kid anymore. But at the end of the day, I'm not completely grown-up. I'm still learning. I'm going to grow up how I grow up. I'm not going to try to conform to what people want me to be or go out there and start partying, have people see me with alcohol. I want to do it at my own pace. But I'm never going to make myself so the kids and the parents don't respect me. There're some artists that [parents won't] let their kids go and see because they think they're a bad influence. I want to be able to do what Michael did--he always sang clean lyrics--and it was always that little kids loved Michael and grandparents loved Michael. I don't want to start singing about things like sex, drugs, and swearing. I'm into love, and maybe I'll get more into making love when I'm older. But I want to be someone who is respected by everybody."

On touring:


"You've got to. By the end of the tour you're so tired of doing the same show every night, but you're getting better every night and you're realizing what the fans love when you do it. So if I do one move and I hear that same reaction every night I am going to keep doing it and trying to do it better. So by the end of the tour, everything is so tight. I feel like my fans are what get me through. Just seeing the smiles and people crying in the audience--it's crazy. "

Read the whole interview here. It's actually a really nice piece.

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