The Hollywood Reporter interviewed the global pop sensation and manager, Scooter Braun, for the cover of its Nov. 29 issue, and got a rare look at Bieber's brand, his news-generating behavior, and the stars who have rushed to support the "Heartbreaker" crooner.
"I don't give a f---," said Bieber, 19, in the first interview he has given in nine months. "Not 'I don't give a f---' to just be reckless and do whatever, but 'I don't give a f--- what they say,'" he explained of the slew of over-the-top media reports attached to his celebrity. (Among them, his tumultuous time in Brazil this month and the public outrage following his April 2013 visit to Anne Frank's house.)
The cover story revealed that while his mother Patty Malette and manager Braun remain fixtures in his everyday life -- along with Pastor Judah Smith, who sends Bieber daily Bible scriptures -- celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, Drake, Adam Levine, and Mark Wahlberg have also doled out advice to the young star. "Drake is like a big brother to Justin. And Justin really looks up to Drake. They have an extremely special relationship," Braun explained to THR.
But in a surprising revelation, Bieber's "most present mentor" is Hollywood actor Will Smith. The two talk on the phone weekly to discuss any "potential issues, emotional or otherwise." Braun has also discussed Bieber's rebellious behavior with the former Fresh Prince of Bel Air: "He's telling me: 'Justin's got to go through it. You can't stop him from going through it. That's youth in itself," he added. The singer is also friends with Jaden Smith, Will's 15-year-old son.
Bieber, meanwhile, insisted to THR: "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," he said. "I'm happy with the man I'm becoming."