Justin Bieber will likely be asked about those eye-popping naked snaps that were taken during his recent vacation in Bora Bora without his consent for some time to come.
Speaking to the Zach Sang & the Gang radio show, the superstar opened up about those nude shots, his upcoming Purpose album, why it’s called purpose, his faith, past dramas, and how he is moving on and up.
Justin Bieber can usually be relied upon to deliver in interviews, and this latest is no exception. One clip from the show saw the heartthrob asked to dish on the worst part about being famous.
Justin replied, “The worst part about what I do? Um, probably just people following me all the time. Like, always with the camera.”
Hilarity followed when Zach joked that he would share nude shots of himself everywhere if he was as blessed as the Biebs. To which, the Canadian quipped back, “You’d be happy?”
Expanding on that, Justin added, “I mean, at the end of the day, the photos. I mean, they’re not terrible but honestly — at first — and, um, before the reaction was what it was, and still with the reaction, I still felt like ‘I wanted to keep that part [his schlong] for me.'”
The singer went on to say, “You know, I was never but I felt like it was a little bit of an invasion of privacy of my situation and stuff.”
“I just don’t want people to think I’m like ‘Yeah! I did it! Look!'” He added.
More soberly, Justin shared, “No, I felt like, yeah, it was a lot, you know. And when I first heard about it, I was like, my heart sank.”
Asked how he got over the first shock of hearing that intimate snaps of him were swamping the internet, the singer said, “What am I going to do now? It’s out there, so the more I stress about it, I’m like… like it’s out, so what can I really?”
A lighter point on this topic came when Justin revealed his fans named his penis “Jerry.” One of the hosts suggested the singer re-name his privates “Big Jer” and threw in a compliment.
To which, the well-endowed singer replied wryly, “Thank you dude. I guess.”
Bieber’s new comments come after he told Access Hollywood that he felt “super violated” by the naked pictures, In remarkably mean-spirited fashion, a slew of media outlets overplayed Bieber’s humorously-toned claim that his penis in those photos “was shrinkage,” rather than take the New York Daily News — who originally published the photos — and the privacy-invading paparazzi to task.
In a since deleted comment that was roundly seized on, Jeremy wrote, “@justinbieber what do you feed that thing. #proud daddy [blushing emoji].”
Referring to his father, Justin told his hosts, “I thought it was hilarious! ‘What do you feed that thing? he said’ — it’s such a dad thing to say.” Asked if he was embarrassed by his father’s mildly bizarre joke, the Biebs insisted, “No. It’s such a dad thing to say.”
He also pushed back against criticisms of his father. “Are you kidding me?” The singer said. “Like what dad wouldn’t be proud of that? It’s not like he’s saying it to an 11-year-old. I’m 21-years-old.”
Moving on from the nude photo saga, Justin talked about the reason he named his new album, Purpose. The highly anticipated full length is officially released on November 13.
“So, basically, for a while, there I felt like I kinda lost my purpose, or felt like I lost my purpose, and I feel like I finally got my purpose back,” Justin told the show.
He went on to say, “And I just want people to be encouraged by that and be inspired by that, and know that ‘Hey, maybe I lost my purpose or maybe I don’t know what my purpose is.'”
Raising one of his arms in a determined pose, the singer added, “But just that word is so important in life, just to have something to reach for and have that purpose.” He continued, “I have this platform to do so much and I wanna be able to inspire people.”
Asked what he thought his own purpose is, Justin replied, “I think my purpose is to inspire people and use my platform to help people.”
— Apple Music (@AppleMusic) October 16, 2015
The young star also opened up about reaching burn-out during his long 15-month Believe tour (which spanned the fall of 2012 to December 2013) and how jadedness ate away at his love for his career and infamously close connection to his fans.
He recalled, “I grew up in the industry so a lot of the things I was doing just became just normal. And like, when I was performing it was just normal to perform for 20,000 people. It was just normal, you know — and it shouldn’t be normal.”
“Every time you should love it,” Justin continued, “and thank God for it and just, like, be thankful.”
“I kind of lost that,” he admits, alluding to his eventful 2013-14, then adding, “I was meeting people, doing Make-A-Wishes and it was just going through the motions, rather than like, ‘these are my fans who have been waiting for hours to meet me, and I’m just giving them one of these?'” he said.
As can be seen from Bieber’s many warm interactions with fans this year, his enthusiasm appears to have returned.
i love our relationship with justin he really cares pic.twitter.com/sl8CKpEbOK
— juliana (@UniverseOfJDB) October 18, 2015
He’s so precious 😭😭 pic.twitter.com/8IarmRcaUI
— Hanne (@kidrauhl_hanne) October 17, 2015
can he PLEASE get with a black girl im crying look how cute pic.twitter.com/I8RR1gIpCr
— E. (@asvpstratford) October 17, 2015
Of his turnaround, Justin recalled “Something finally clicked and I was finally like, ‘You know what I wanna engage with them [fans]…I want them to feel like I’m connected with them.”
Touching on his renewed Christian faith, Justin revealed he lived with a pastor for a few weeks in New York. That pastor was Carl Lentz of the Hillsong Church in New York City. The singer says he re-engaged with his faith because the Christians he knows advocate developing a relationship with God rather than just blindly following dogma.
Bieber said much the same thing in his recent cover story with Complex magazine. It’s apparent that the maturation evident in the singer this year — and, yes, he will still do legally allowable, 21-year-old-type things like go to clubs and drink — is grounded in a belief system which he and many others can relate to, and possibly be inspired by.
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