Justin Bieber is the cover boy for the February 2011 issue of Vanity Fair magazine, which hits newsstands in New York and L.A. on Thursday, January 6, and nationally and on the iPad on Tuesday, January 11.
Check out some highlights below from his interview with the mag.
“I’m crazy, I’m nuts. Just the way my brain works. I’m not normal. I think differently—my mind is always racing. I’m just … nuts. But I think the best [musicians] probably are.”
On where he sees himself in the future: “I see myself just growing. I didn’t know that any of this was really possible. I grew up in a really small town with not a lot of money, and I liked singing, but it was just something that was a hobby. As I get into it more, I want to grow as an artist, as an entertainer, and basically perfect my craft. I want to be the best that I can be.”
On the challenges of trying to be a regular teenager: “It’s hard to really balance myself. A regular kid, if he catches the flu, he just gets to go home, but I can’t do that…. Everything is important. But, you know, my sanity is important, too. Even if I’m angry, I’ll just put a smile on my face and fake it. I don’t often fake it—what’s me is me….I know I have to give up a lot of myself, or a lot of a private life.”
On who influences him in music: “Music is music, and I’m definitely influenced by Michael Jackson and Boyz II Men and people who were black artists—that’s what I like. But I like their voices and I like how they entertain—it’s not about what color they are.”
The mag also chats with people around him including Usher, his mom and grandfather. CLICK HERE for more including behind the scenes video.