Justin Bieber's "Vanity Fair" Cover Revealed
Wed, 05 Jan 2011 17:53:07
Go here for a sneak peak of Justin Bieber's Vanity Fair cover, which hits magazine racks in NYC and LA on Thursday, January 6th; the issue, which is the mag's February selection, will be available nationally and on the iPad on Tuesday, January 11th. So if you don't live in the #1 and #2 markets, you gots to wait a week!
Some bytes from the interview: The Bieb's grandfather Bruce Dale never saw his grandson becoming a pop icon, saying, "No. Never. He was supposed to be a hockey player."
The King of Pop was also an influence. "Michael [Jackson] was able to reach audiences from young to old; he never limited himself," Bieber himself says of the King of Pop, of whom he has a sticker on his bedroom mirror in his tour bus. "He was so broad, everybody loved him, and that's what my goal is—to basically make people happy, to inspire them, and to have everyone root for me."
Bieber admits to the writer of the article that he's okay with having a predominantly female fan base and really what 16-year-old would feel otherwise? "For younger guys, it's like [they think] they're not cool if they come to my concert. That'll [change], I think; it'll happen, maybe when I'm 18. But meanwhile all their girlfriends are coming to watch me." Bieber is also aware that despite his success not everyone will be his biggest fan. "Of course, I think that people are just waiting for that time when I make a mistake and they're gonna jump on it….There's gonna be haters," Bieber tells the interviewer. "I know I'm not going to make a life-changing bad decision, as some people have. I've seen it happen too many times. I could be my own worst enemy, but I don't want to mess this up."
The author also talks to Bieber's mom, Pattie Mallette, about her son's start as an Internet sensation. "I put up a little video on YouTube [under the name "kidrauhl"] for Grandma and some relatives to see, and the next thing we knew, all these strangers were clicking onto it, probably because they recognized the song." Then, Mallette recalls, "it was 'Oh look, honey, you have a hundred views.' Then ‘Oh wow, a thousand views.'… Next thing we knew, thousands and thousands of views. But it never once occurred to me that there would be a music career out of this."
Mallette also tells the piece's author that, after a personal encounter with God, she believes that she and Justin have been put on earth to bring light and inspiration to the world. But Mallette is wary of show business and its potential consequences: "We don't have yes-men around him. I don't want him being a diva."
You can read more once the Bieber cover of Vanity Fair hits stands.
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