Being put under media scrutiny all his pop stardom, Justin Bieber gives people the F word. The 19-year-old said he has all the time in the world because Michael Jackson did not even hit the highest pinnacle of his career until in his 20s.
Bieber and his manager Scooter Braun did an in-depth interview with The Hollywood Reporter to talk about how the public viewed his antics in the past few month, "I don't give a f**k," Bieber stated, elaborating "Not 'I don't give a f**k' to just be reckless and do whatever, but 'I don't give a f**k what they say'."
He continued, "I know who I am and what I'm doing in my life and what I've accomplished and continue to accomplish as a performer, as a writer, as an artist, as a person, as a human being. I'm happy with the man I'm becoming."
The "Bad Day" singer reportedly partied with strippers, caused troubles during his tour stops, and disturbed the peace in his neighborhood. Braun, who discovered Bieber at the age of 12, blamed the singer's tech-oriented upbringing. "He's the only person in humanity who's grown up the way he has - with smartphones and cameras on him 24/7," he said.
"Another kid can go out and have a good night on the town, and no-one gives a crap, but Justin is the most Googled person on the planet - for four years straight. I think his moments of anger come from his resentment towards the ridicule [and] of being judged for things, which a lot of times he hasn't even done."
To keep him grounded and sane, Bieber surrounds himself with the likes of Will Smith, Drake, Eminem, Oprah Winfrey, Adam Levine and Mark Wahlberg. "[Will's] telling me: 'Justin's got to go through it. You can't stop him from going through it. That's youth in itself. He's a young man who's growing up, and that's what makes him interesting and relatable. Otherwise, he'd be some kind of weird robot'," Bieber disclosed.
Bieber believed that his glory days are far from over despite the bad press. "Michael Jackson didn't do Off The Wall until he was about 23. Bad, not until he was, like, 25 [he was actually 29]. I have all the time in the world," Bieber said. Braun chimed in, "Justin's Thriller is yet to come."