Justin Bieber opens up about the isolating nature of fame and how he relates to the tragic Amy Winehouse story as part of this week’s NME cover story.
The singer spoke to NME for the exclusive cover feature in this week’s magazine (available free in the UK from Friday, November 13). He discusses the period in his life when he was “rebelling against everybody and everything, and being a normal 19-year-old” and how he came through that time to enjoy success with Number One singles ‘Where Are U Now’ and ‘What Do You Mean?’.
Bieber says he was held to a “different standard” than other 19-year olds while facing intense media scrutiny as a teenager.
He continues: “I just want people to know I’m human. I’m struggling just to get through the days. I think a lot of people are. You get lonely, you know, when you’re on the road. People see the glam and the amazing stuff, but they don’t know the other side. This life can rip you apart. I watched the Amy Winehouse documentary [Amy] on the plane and I had tears in my eyes because I could see what the media was doing to her, how they were treating her. People thought it was funny to poke her when she was at rock bottom, to keep pushing her down until she had no more of herself. And that’s what they were trying to do to me.”
However, new album ‘Purpose’ helped him get through the hard time in his life. He worked with Skrilex on his hit singles and rappers Nas and Travis Scott appear on two tracks. Bieber also became friendly with Kanye West while making the record.
“Out of anyone in the industry who is creative and I see eye to eye with, he really gets me,” Bieber says of West. “His advice is always just, ‘make music that’s so good people can’t hate on it’. I didn’t wanna bore him or waste his time. So I was like, ‘Can I play you these songs?’ and he was like, ‘I wanna hear everything.’ To hear him say that, it stuck with me. It just showed that he cared.”
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