With the amount of negative press Justin Bieber has been receiving these days, it may not seem like he has a voice of reason teaching him right from wrong -- but he does, and it's Will Smith.
In an extensive cover story interview with The Hollywood Reporter released today (Nov. 20), Bieber dished on multiple aspects of his life, revealing that he receives a weekly call for counsel from the actor, that Eminem and Tom Hanks have reached out to do the same thing and that he doesn't care much about negative attention because publications are "just worried about money."
According to the THR interview, Smith visited Bieber's house while the singer was having a particularly rough time this past May, having just returned from his world tour. The visit had a positive affect on Bieber, and now the two engage in a weekly phone call to make sure all in the young singer's life is going well. "He's telling me: 'Justin's got to go through it. You can't stop him from going through it," Scooter Braun, Bieber's manager, said the actor told him. "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 also had choice words for the media, which he believes has been fairly cutthroat in its negative coverage of the singer in recent memory. "When people see a negative thing about me on a magazine, they're gonna buy it," he explained. "Every time some site writes something bad, all my followers go on there, and it brings them more traffic. Now they have all the Beliebers on their site, which gives them money from advertisers. They're just worried about money. They don't care about ruining someone's name."
Elsewhere, he reiterated that he isn't concerned about what people are writing or saying. "I don't give a f---," he said. "Not 'I don't give a f---' to just be reckless and do whatever, but 'I don't give a f--- what they say.' … 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."
In more lighthearted fare, the former king of swag distanced himself from the word, calling it "kind of played out."