Justin Bieber in 'Seventeen' Cover Story: 'I'm Sorry If I've Let You Down'
As Justin Bieber works to shed his snotty teenage image, the latest stop on his campaign is the cover of Seventeen magazine's June/July issue for which he opens up and takes responsibility for those antics that increasingly left a bad taste in the public's mouth.
"I was rebelling a little bit," Bieber tells the magazine in the issue that hits newsstands May 19. "I was getting cockier and cockier. I didn't have people to check me."
He goes on, "I looked back and I was disappointed in myself. You have to own up to the mistakes. You have to say, 'I'm sorry if I've let you down.'"
Bieber has recently been running the gauntlet to redefine himself on what some are calling an "apology tour." This has included a Comedy Central roast, public acknowledgement on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that he's done "some things that might not of been the greatest" and a continuous pushing the point with press that he's no longer a bratty boy but now a changed man.
"I always want to be honest and let people know that those mistakes aren't who I am," he told Seventeen. "Who I am is someone who really cares about people."