Justin Bieber is welcoming adulthood as he turns 18 on March 1. In an interview with V magazine, the pop star, who started it at 13, wants people to know "I'm not a kid anymore" but not "completely grown-up" either.
"I'm still learning," he said. "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 he's not going to embrace the new age by becoming racy. "I don't want to start singing about things like sex, drugs and swearing," he said. "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."
As for his goals in the future, Bieber said, "Eventually, I want to become the best at what I do. I want to be better than anybody who'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 - it's not worth it if I'm not the best."
The new issue of the magazine hits newsstands on Thursday, January 12.