Justin Bieber covers Seventeen for the second time in the mag’s May issue. For his pictorial for the teen publication, JB poses in the studio, both with drumsticks in hand and behind the mic, while preening in a dressing room mirror and — for reasons unknown — while putting up his dukes. (Should have warned the Canadian crooner that this wasn’t round two of his bloody Complex magazine shoot.) Below hear what the “Boyfriend” singer had to say about his relationship with longtime girlfriend Selena Gomez, his upcoming album Believe, and how he sorts through all the newfound “friends” in his life.
:: On fans’ disapproval of his relationship with Selena: “Everyone has haters, so you always have to deal with the negativity and be positive about it. I don’t think it’s nice; I’d rather they be nice, but at the end of the day I don’t let it affect me.
:: On being one heck of a boyfriend: “I think it’s important to make all woman feel like they’re princesses because every girl is a princess, I’m serious.”
:: Could a JB and SG duet be in the works?: “Yeah. I love her music, so maybe we could collaborate.”
:: On knowing who his real friends are: ”I don’t let anybody close to me. I just rock with my old friends, Ryan and Chaz. I’m happy with the friends that I have.”
:: On his much talked about mane: ”…I just wanna be able to rock anything and not really care — whether it’s long or short, buzzed, or waxed over. I’m not just going to be known for my hair.”
:: On his upcoming album: ”I just want to grow my audience and have more people listen to my music who might not have listened to it before, so that’s kind of my goal. But I still want people who were listening to my last album to listen to this one. You never want to lose fans; you just want to gain fans.”