Justin Bieber On His Movie, Bieber Fever, Love & More!
We came face-to-face with Biebs at the 'Never Say Never' press conference...
Justin Biebermay only be 16-years old, but the most famous teenager in the universe has already had a string of US No.1 singles, a sell-out tour and managed to infect most of the population with Cheryl Cole!
Boyz II Men so it hasn’t been an issue for me. If you have seen my movie, you’ve seen that it’s a continuing job in the world and that it will get deeper and deeper so I’m not really worried.
Q: What about making the transition to adulthood? I mean with so much success, how are you owing to make sure you don't off the rails and go a bit crazy?
JB: Well, I have such great people. All my team have got me going in the right direction. Mom travels with me and so they definitely keep me a bit from going insane!
Q: Your concert-movie looked amazing in 3D and I was just wondering what it was like seeing yourself in 3D for the first time?
JB: It’s not really a concert-movie it shows my story and it’s cool to see myself that big. At the same time, it made me feel a little bit self-conscious because my face is so big you can see everything!
Q: Your fans are quite enthusiastic to say the least, what’s the strangest thing a fan has asked you or done and what’s the oddest thing they’ve asked you to sign?
JB: I’ve signed a cereal box before, and I’ve had girls get tattoos of me and I had a mom get a tattoo on her back. The radio station had a contest, and if they got the guy from the radio station's face tattooed on their back, then they got to come to my concert and meet me. It was pretty crazy!
Q: Does that not scare you when people do crazy things like that?
JB: Yeah, it’s really weird!
Q: Jon, were you prepared for this? Had you prepared for the fans that you were going to film?
JMC: I mean I understood intellectually what it was going to be like but emotionally I had no clue how it was going to feel. It was insanity, it’s unlike anything I’ve ever experienced in my life or that I could even imagine. There’s an energy, even when I don’t know Justin’s in the room I can feel the mood shift and that’s something I definitely felt being around him.
Q: It seems like Twitter and especially YouTube has been a big thing for your success, do you think you would have ever been this big if it wasn’t for the internet?
JB: It’s crazy, without the internet I would never be in this place without YouTube and stuff. I also wouldn’t be here without my fans supporting me and I have that special connection because we’re able to talk on Twitter. I really have that one-on-one connection, so that’s what I think is really important.
Q: I’m a bit worried because Bieber Fever has now gone right around the world and has reached fever pitch! What is the cure? Now you’ve made this film, surely you’re going to be making young girls even more addicted to you, are you a bit worried about that?
JB: Why would I worry about getting more fans?
Q: But aren’t they crazy some of these fans?
JB: They’re the ones that support me and help me to be here but there is no cure for Bieber Fever!
Q: I’d love to have hair like you, how long does it take you to do your hair?
JB: About 5 minutes, I just rolled out of bed and came here, so not very long.
Q: There are a lot of Beliebers congregating outside the O2 ahead of the premiere, have you got a special message for your London fans and what do you hope they’re going to get out of the movie?
JB: I wanna say thank you for everything; for camping out, for being so supportive, for going in and buying tickets for the movie, and just for being so cool. What I want them to get out the movie is that if you want to be a doctor, or an actor or a singer or any goal you have, never give up and always just make sure that you always just follow your dreams.
Q: Who is your biggest role model?
JB: Who’s my biggest role model? It would have to be Job from the Bible. I’m serious! He got tortured, his family were killed, everything was taken away from him; his job, his cattle, everything. And then he still trusted God after everything was taken away. He didn’t know why it happened but he still kept his faith in God and believed that everything happens for a reason.
Q: In the film you’re shown with people around you all the time, when was the last time you felt lonely or alone?
JB: I don’t know, I guess I’m fine with being on my own. I’m quite an independent person, so I don’t get really lonely.
Q: Do you get a lot of time to yourself?
JB: No, I don't really get a lot of time to myself but I guess at night, that’s like my nap time, when I get to go to bed and go on my computer, check Twitter etc.
Q: The reviews of the film have been amazing, you yourself have said you were surprised with it, I was just wondering do you hope the film will convert some of the people that have criticised you in the past?
JB: I hope people will just see the experience that I went through and it’s just inspiring whether you’re a fan of me or not. There are some people that don’t like my music because it’s not their style of music and they might like a different sound. But if you see my movie, it’s inspiring for everyone.
Q: John, what was the story you wanted to tell?
JMC: To me it was whether you knew everything about Justin Bieber or nothing about Justin Bieber, we wanted to bring you into how it happened. I thought the story wasn’t possible 5 years ago. So for me, that was the main thing, to show how these kids empower themselves.
Q: We’ve heard you were out very late last night (after The Brit Awards), what were you up to?
JB: I wasn’t up late last night, I got in quite early but I was awake until like 8am because I couldn’t sleep.
Q: What were you thinking about?
JB: I was trying to sleep! I was thinking about 'zees' and whenever I tried to sleep nothing would happen! So I put on my soft music and that still didn’t work, so I just was lying there trying to sleep and thinking but it wouldn’t work. It was because of the time difference it was like 7 or 8 hours
Q: You said that you saw Cheryl Cole at the BRITs, what did you guys chat about?
JB: We didn’t really chat, I just gave her a kiss. I got right to business!
Q: Do you worry that one day all of this will disappear?
JB: I don’t really worry because I feel like I’ll be doing this for a long time, and God forbid if anything happened, I’d still write music and make music for other people.
Q: Happy 17th birthday in advance for a couple of weeks Justin. Your only 16, but your songs are all about love, loss of love, yearning etc. Where the heck does that come from a 16 year old?!
JB: So many people say “He’s 16 what does he know about love?” and I just think, if you've ever had a dog and as a kid you love your parents and you love your dog. As you get to 11 or 12, you start seeing girls and think “oh, I like them, I wanna see that person because she’s cute” and you don’t really know the real meaning of love but you think you do.
Then when you get a little older to about 14, you’re in high school and you still think you love her but you don’t really know exactly what it means. And then when you turn 15-16 and you have more of an idea what it means because maybe you’ve had like one or two girlfriends. I think love is like a learning process throughout life, you want to be better at it and know more about it. I’m not saying I know everything about love because I’m still trying to work out some girls. I don’t think you’ll ever figure out what love is.
By Joanne Dorken