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At 18 years old, Justin Bieber is technically an adult -- but is he a man? That's what GQ set out to discover in a new profile of the young pop star that gives us perhaps our most honest portrayal of Biebs to date.
At the behest of GQ, writer Drew Magary was supposed to see if he could get the Canadian pop star to partake in such crazy shenanigans as drinking, smoking marijuana or going to a strip club. Needless to say, none of those things happened, and even a planned boxing match fell through for fear Bieber would be injured. But Bieber does admit in the interview that he has enjoyed a lager or two in the past.
"For me, it's just like, I like to be in control of myself. I mean, I've had a beer, like, before.... But I never get out of control," he admits during the interview.
Bieber's manager Scooter Braun later explains that he's likely the cause of that self-control. "He knows that I hold him to a high standard," Braun says. "He doesn't want to blow it." But it's also probably because Bieber is one of the most popular artists on the planet, and he can't even risk going out to dinner at a restaurant down the street for fear of fans and paparazzi overrunning him.
"I mean, I keep my guard up a lot, because you know, you can't trust anyone in this business," Bieber says. "That's what's sad. You can't trust anybody. I learned the hard way."
That being said, Magary's biggest realization during the course of his three days in Los Angeles attempting (and finally succeeding) to sit down with Bieber is that Justin is not a man. Or at least not yet. Bieber is still a teenager who draws penises on whiteboards and yells "GOOD NIGHT, BITCHES!" when he leaves the recording studio. And that's fine.
"My mission was to make a man out of Bieber. The label's mission is to make a man out of Bieber. The only person who isn't ready to make a man out of Bieber is Bieber," Magary writes. "He wants to be 18. He wants to be a swaggy bro -- he seems incapable of being anything else -- and that's as it should be. Manhood can wait."
So Bieber might still act like a kid sometimes -- "I'm 18 years old and I'm a swaggy adult!" he yells when West Coast Customs brings him his tricked out new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van -- but he knows when it's right to stick up for the things he believes in. And one of those things, as evidenced in this new interview, is Kim Kardashian.
When he overhears one of his business advisors, Allison Kaye, making fun of Kardashian -- "That bitch should never wear white in public again," she says -- he quickly rises to his friend's defense.
"You guys are so mean, bro," Bieber pipes up. "People say [Kim] doesn't do anything; she actually does do stuff.... She works hard."
And so does Bieber. But it's still nice to see that if you take away all of his money and the fact that he's a mega-superstar, Bieber is just a teenager who likes to have fun, sticks up for his pals and, of course, thinks it's funny to draw male genitalia when he's supposed to be working.