Justin Bieber on Dealing With Fame: “I Know Who I Am And I’m Very Much in Control”

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Life can be pretty lonely at the top. Just ask Justin Bieber, who has been making plenty of headlines this year for his outrageous pranks, outbursts on Twitter, and most recently, a little capuchin monkey.

As a result, the "Beauty and a Beat" singer tells the May issue of Teen Vogue, he's learned to keep his circle of friends small and tight-knit.

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"I get good vibes from people all the time, and I probably could get along with them and be their friend, but now I just don't trust anybody," the 19-year-old pop star told the magazine. "Literally, my phone never rings. I only have, like, four people that I keep in contact with."

"I don't need a bunch of friends to make me happy," he continued. "I just need the people close to me that I love, that's all."

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Just last week, Bieber was accused of threatening and physically assaulting a neighbor, and the case is currently under investigation.

More recently, Bieber was forced to leave his little capuchin monkey in quarantine after landing in Munich, Germany, on Thursday, March 28. The singer said that he's choosing not to let naysayers get under his skin, however.

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"I know who I am and I'm very much in control," he said of dealing with rumors about his personal life. "I don't need to address every speculation. Remember when Cam'ron dissed Jay-Z? Jay-Z didn't even respond. Why didn't he respond? Because he's Jay-Z."

The teen added that in spite of his occasional outbursts online, he's also making a conscious effort not to address specific commenters on social media — or, in his eyes, they win.

"My Twitter is really nice," he said. "I have so many fans that I rarely ever see a nasty tweet. …I see so much stuff on the Internet, sometimes I just want to go to Twitter and just go after people. But then I think twice: If someone if dissing me, I'm going to make this person way more famous by tweeting them."

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