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We doubt that Justin Bieber is anything but grateful that he shot from YouTube star to worldwide sensation back in 2009 -- but that doesn't mean that being one of the world's biggest celebrities is easy.
That's why the 18-year-old has done his best to stay grounded, despite his privileged lifestyle. In a conversation with Vibe magazine, Bieber discusses the implications of fame and why it's important for celebrities not to think in those terms.
"What does that really mean, 'to be famous'?" he asks. "In general, fame can tear you apart, so you can never really feel like you're famous. When people start acting like they're famous, that's when they start losing it."
That's refreshing to hear from the young star -- especially since his recent Rolling Stone cover has been compared to a shockingly similar cover in 2004, featuring an 18-year-old Lindsay Lohan. After that shoot fame started to take its toll on LiLo, and we hope that Bieber can avoid falling down that path.
But if the pop star does have a bloated head, he does a great job of hiding it. Bieber shrugs off the magazine's comment about him being one of Forbes magazine's highest-paid stars under 30 by saying, "I could really care less." He also claims his desire to keep his personal life to himself is in an effort to protect himself and those closest to him.
"I don't like giving too much personal information about where I live and the cars I drive. ... There are a lot of people in this world that aren't good people, and all they need to do is a little research...," he explains. "People hiding in garbage cans overnight to catch [pictures] of me; crazy things happen. You can't give out too much personal information."
Now that's something we can Belieb in.