Thirsting for Justin Bieber’s naked, as in nude, butt? Then let it be quenched by Clash magazine’s first cover for its 100th issue.
The Biebs isn’t actually naked on the cover. A previous Instagram of the Purpose superstar vacationing in Greece earlier this year shows him in the same pose, and wearing low-slung pants. But we won’t tell if you don’t.
Clash magazine bills the Canadian thusly: “Justin Bieber Is The First Face Of Clash 100.” The 21-year-old stands in gleaming sunlight with an ocean as background. However, none of that matters. What does merit mention are the heartthrob’s naked abs-for-days, grey Fedora, nipples, and suitably brooding expression.
But, the Biebs isn’t just here for gratuitous nudity. Homeboy doesn’t just bare his body on the magazine cover. He is also baring his heart and thoughts.
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In the accompanying interview the pop icon admits: “I made mistakes. Part of being a man is owning up to that.”
“It’s hard to form new friendships,” Justin tells Clash. “You never know what people’s intentions are for you. I’ve been fortunate that the good people I found along the way have stuck with me.”
The comeback singer also talked about how he turned his life around following well-documented troubles two years ago. “I just grew up and decided it was time to take control of my life,” the hitmaker explained.
He adds, “I realized that God gave me gift and an incredible platform to share his light, and it is my responsibility to live a positive life in exchange.” Bieber went on to say, “I’ve learned that I do have a responsibility to my fans to act maturely. That doesn’t mean I won’t make mistakes — everyone does. “But I now know I need to turn into my faith when things get hard.”
Meanwhile, Justin turned London’s 02 Center into a cosy campfire scene at the 2016 Brit Awards on Wednesday night to perform “Love Yourself,” accompanied by James Bay on acoustic guitar, before a literally fiery throwdown of “Sorry” backed by dancers.
Both songs are cuts from the Biebs’ record-breaking and critically acclaimed latest album Purpose and former No. 1’s on multiple charts. Bieber later won the Brits’ Best International Solo Male Artist Award, beating out Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Father John Misty, and The Weeknd.
Bay, who went on to win the Best British Male Solo Artist award, strummed while Justin sang a shortened version of “Love Yourself.” The Canadian wore a stunning Saint Laurent palm tree printed gold baseball jacket teamed with black jeans and white Vans. He kept his platinum blonde locks under wraps with a black baseball cap.
Bay later told reporters that he had met the Biebs and his manager, Scooter Braun, a few times previously and it just so happened that that the heartthrob needed a guitarist at the Brits. Watch Bay on the video below.
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After an a capella finish for “Love Yourself,” Justin skipped to the main stage for a full-on, flawless performance of the island-flavored “Sorry,” complete with fire pyrotechnics, dancers, and a moonlit beach backdrop.
Take a look at Bieber and Bay in action below.
Shortly after the live fun, Bieber won the aforementioned Best International Male award, aptly presented by Diplo and the rest of the Major Lazer crew. During his acceptance speech the pop icon told the Brits crowd, “Wow. This just shows that life is a journey. Everyone has their own journey, everyone has ups and downs.”
Justin continued, “I just want to take this moment to thank all my fans, thank everyone in the audience tonight…I want to thank Scooter… Man, I’m shaking a little bit right now. I’m just, I’m really appreciative, that’s all. And you guys are awesome, Thank you.”
Watch his speech here.
Coming back to Bieber’s Clash cover. The magazine goes on sale this Friday and can be bought online here.
[Images via Rory Kramer]