Justin Bieber, on the Comeback Trail, Back in 'Good Graces' of Fans and Industry
Bieber admitted that he wasn't the best example himself, but he took his actions in stride and used them to grow as a person. "I mean, maybe I'm a bad influence, but for me I was like, no, I'm going to do this until I feel like I shouldn't be doing this," he said. "Maybe I was wrong, but that's how I learn, and I feel like I'm much better for it."
He recognized the "conscious effort" it took to establish the kind of person he wanted to be, especially because of the pressures he faced at such a young age.
"For me, so many times it was good people coming in my life and tugging at me, but I wasn't ready," he explained. "They're like, 'Justin, come on.' But I wasn't ready to take that leap and be like, 'Okay, this is what I want to change, this is who I am, and this is not who I am.' It takes moments of clarity to be like, 'Oh, that's why I'm not like this. That's why I shouldn't do this.'"
Despite tainting his reputation in some minds, Bieber doesn't really think he'd do anything differently -- other than, "I would probably stay away from Miami," he joked. But one thing he would do? Make sure his trust is earned with someone before putting his faith in them.
"Trusting people is hard, especially for me. I've trusted people who I probably shouldn't have trusted before and they've hurt my heart," he said. "I'm a pretty sensitive guy, so I'll lay it all on the line, and they'll kind of pull it. So now I'm figuring out there's certain people I can't do that with."
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Going into perhaps the biggest transition of his career as he prepares for a new album with a different sound and an enlightened outlook, Bieber said he's not done dealing with negative influences. But that doesn't stop him from realizing the ones that are good. "I still have moments where I'm like, 'Yeah people suck,'" he admits. "And then I'll have those moments of like, 'No, people are awesome, and this is why I do what I do in the first place.'"
As for an awesome lady? Bieber said he certainly has one. Yes, I am in love...Her name is Esther, she's my little puppy!" he playfully quipped. "She's adorable. She's a silky terrier. She makes me smile."