Justin Bieber Gets Raw & Rugged On The August Issue Of ‘Interview’ Magazine: 9 Photos
Over the past few months, Justin Bieber has been working hard to clean up his act and stray away from his bad boy image (save for that recent bare booty photo). But for the August 2015 issue of Interview magazine, the pop star is getting raw — really raw.
The editorial spread, shot by Steven Klein (who is known for his explicit themes), finds Bieber at his most rugged. The photos find the shirtless 21-year-old looking incredibly somber yet smoldering, as he bares his chest and bulge in close-ups, holds a knife to his tongue (a la Lindsay Lohan circa 2007), dons a clown mask reminiscent of 1990’s It film, shows off suction cup marks on his back and aggressively broods into the camera lens. Whew!
For the interview inside, which was conducted by — get this — Martha Stewart, Bieber talks music, cars and that infamous roast.
View the photos in the gallery up top, and catch the interview highlights below.
On his love for cars: “I actually own a piece of West Coast Customs. It’s a car company out here that does up really nice cars. So I keep a lot of them in the shop on display when I’m not using them. Just to help out the business. I’ve always loved doing up my cars, so being able to just take my car in at any time and tell them what to do, and not have to pay for it because I own the company, is pretty cool.”
On the upcoming album: “The new album’s going really well. I’m working a lot with Skrillex and Diplo and this guy named Poo Bear, who’s an incredible writer. We’ve just been getting our groove. You kind of go through a period where you’re in there and nothing comes and nothing comes, and then, finally, it’s like bang-bang-bang—you get them all in a row. I’m at a place where I’m really happy and I’m ready to share my music.”
On tapping into the tech world: “Actually, I helped start an app called Shots. It’s a selfie app, and basically it’s an anti-bullying app. You can post pictures and there’s no comments or dislikes; you can just like the photo and follow your friends. A bunch of celebrities are on there, and it’s a really safe platform. It’s one of the fastest-growing apps right now. I’ve been on Twitter since the beginning, and on Instagram. I actually just started a Snapchat, so I’ve been kind of addicted to that recently.”