Talk about growing pains!
Justin Bieber gets beaten and bloodied in a shocking spread for the double-cover of the 10th anniversary edition of Complex magazine. The photoshoot shots show the 18-year-old pop sensation getting the crap kicked out of him in the ring for a featured called “Second Round KO.”
Bieber talks about a multitude of subjects in the feature, including his relationship with Selena Gomez, his love-hate relationship with fame, his tough upbringing, and striving to be the best at what he does.
On no longer hiding his relationship with Selena Gomez: “There’s no way to hide the relationship completely, because then it would be unfair to us,” he says. “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.”
On the recent video of him dashing away from fans at the airport: “The cameramen were waiting for me to come out of the car,” he says. “They thought it was going to be a minute, so they had their cameras down. I sprinted right by them, and they didn’t get any shots of me.” Unfortunately, he says, “I didn’t see the girls there, and it made me look awful.”
On his displeasure with paparazzi photos: “I’ll be covering my face,” he says, “and it pisses me off so much when people say, ‘Get over it, Justin. You’re famous. People are going to take your picture. Suck it up, you’re rich…’ It’s like, ‘Yo, I just got off an eight-hour flight. I’m tired and my eyes have bags under them. I’m not trying to take pictures. I’m not going to come to your house, wake you up, and start snapping your picture.’”
On his “feminine” V Magazine photos: “Every guy has feminine qualities,” he says. “You’re raised by your mother and father, and I was raised mostly by my mother. I think the pictures turned out good—so whatever.”
On striving to be the best: “There’s no point in doing this if I’m not going to be the best,” Bieber says. “I give up a personal life. I give up my friends and family to pursue what I love and to make my fans happy. Why would I give up so much to be just another singer?”
See more photos from the spread and get the full story at Complex.