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Justin Bieber hasn't done a major interview in nine months, so there was a lot to discuss during his sit-down with The Hollywood Reporter.
Ultimately, it was manager Scooter Braun who provided the answers to the most intriguing questions: Who leaked a certain incriminating photo of Bieber and a bucket? What did he tell former President Bill Clinton after Biebs sprayed Clinton's picture with a bottle of cleaning solution and yelled an obsenity? Why on earth does he think Anne Frank could have been a Belieber?
But there are some good quotes from Bieber, too, tackling topics of whether or not he acts black, who he trusts, and why he doesn't give a [bleep] about non-Beliebers.
Here's our top 10 Bieber revelations:
1. Bieber regreted disrespecting Clinton earlier this year. When he and his Wild Kids crew rushed out of a New York restaurant, he yelled, "F--k Clinton!" when passing the former prez's photo. TMZ acquired the video shot by someone in the entourage. According to Braun: "The moment it came out, Justin called Bill Clinton to say, 'I made a dumb mistake.'"
2. Bieber gets personal, daily inspiration scriptures texted to him from Judah Smith, pastor of Seattle's nondenominational City Church. Bieber and his mother met Smith in 2010 after attending one of his sermons.
3. The Biebs adds some context to that Billboard Music Awards speech last May when he snapped at the hecklers booing him, arguing that he "should be taken seriously." "I don't give a f--k what [haters] say. … I know who I am and what I'm doing in my life and what I've accomplished and continue to accomplish as a performer, as a writer, as an artist, as a person, as a human being. I'm happy with the man I'm becoming."
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4. What exactly was Bieber thinking when he wrote, "Hopefully, [Anne Frank] would have been a Belieber" in the Anne Frank House museum guest book in April? Braun explains: "At the end [of the museum tour], he felt very connected to [Anne], whose grandmother survived Auschwitz. 'They had just showed him the pictures of movie stars in her room, and they said: 'Maybe you would have been on that wall, Justin. She might have been a fan of yours.' And he was touched by that."
5. Bieber's "One Less Lonely Girl" is an ode to his late superfan Avalanna Routh, who succumbed to cancer at age 6. In 2012, Bieber invited Routh, who called herself Mrs. Bieber, to New York to spend Valentine's Day with him and join him for appearances on the "Today" show and at the Apollo Theater. Bieber learned of Routh after her Facebook campaign to meet the singer garnered 12,000 supporters.
6. Bieber's Wild Kids crew thought it was hilarious when they videotaped him earlier this year urinating into a mop bucket at a New York restaurant. But the prank sparked major backlash when the video later surfaced on TMZ. Even worse for Bieber, one of his so-called friends is responsible for selling the video for $40,000, per Braun.
7. Oprah Winfrey, Adam Levine, and Mark Wahlberg have all reached out to Braun, expressing concern for Bieber's well being. According to Braun, Eminem's manager said the Detroit rapper would be happy to talk to Bieber as well, adding, the Slim Shady rapper "cares about that kid." (Em's 17-year-daughter Hailie has had an opportunity to hang out with Bieber during his Detroit tour stops.) Additionally, Drake looks after Bieber like a little brother, always texting Braun when the young singer makes a bad headline. "'I'm calling him right now. I'm about to go in on him,'" Braun says, recalling specific messages from Drake.
8. Will Smith once drove to Bieber's house in the middle of the night, got him out of the bed and talked to him for three hours. According to Braun, Bieber said, "Man, that makes me feel so loved. I woke up, and there's Will Smith, one of, if not the, biggest movie stars on the planet. He took time out of his day for me." Bieber and Smith now have weekly calls. Smith has advised Braun to give Bieber some room to mature. "He's a young man who's growing up, and that's what makes him interesting and relatable. Otherwise, he'd be some kind of weird robot," Braun said of Smith's insight. Bieber is good friends with Smith's son Jaden, who raps on Bieber's 2011 song "Never Say Never."
9. Bieber says he only trusts three people. "I trust my mom and dad. I trust Scooter with my career; he's always made sure I'm taken care of. … That's it," he says.
10. What was L.A. Reid's first impression of Bieber in 2007 when Braun and Usher introduced him to the Island Records staff? "You knew he was a star," says the veteran exec. "I was intrigued by his musical acumen — being able to play the guitar and the drums and to vocalize as well as he does at such a young age."
A couple quotes from the article even made us chuckle.
1. Bieber showed up to THR interview in a red onsie. Really. That prompted the magazine's lede: "If you're a 19-year-old pop star who wants to be seen as an adult artist, it probably is not the best idea to show up to a photo shoot in a onesie."
2. Bieber finally responded to Sharon Osbourne's accusation that he should stop acting black. "I'm very influenced by black culture, but I don't think of it as black or white," he said. "It's not me trying to act or pose in a certain way. It's a lifestyle — like a suaveness or a swag, per se. But I don't really like to say the word ['swag'] anymore. It's kind of played out."
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