Justin Bieber’s Vanity Fair cover is above. I’d heard rumours that Bieber was going to be on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine; that was weeks ago, and only now have I stopped convulsing. I was hoping the reports were the deranged ramblings of the same panty-wetting fans who sent Bieber’s rumoured girlfriend, Selena Gomez, death threats on Twitter. Seems not. His photos are below, along with interview snippets and a behind-the-scenes video. The incredibly obvious cover shows the 16-year-old singer with some disembodied girl pulling his tie (why is he even wearing a tie?) and kisses all over his face (as though people who wet the bed have yet migrated from WalMart’s finest pink lip chap to lipstick). I don’t even know what audience Vanity Fair is going for. No shade. I really don’t. Would the issue not be too old in demo/ too expensive/ too stuffy for Bieber’s fan base? Whatever. Excuse me while I vomit at the images of his hairless boy chest and him being groped by (hopefully) teenage and (probably) female hands.
- On his mental state: ‘I’m crazy, I’m nuts… Just the way my brain works. I’m not normal. I think differently; my mind is always racing. I’m just … nuts. But I think the best [musicians] probably are.’
- On his public image: ‘It’s hard to really balance myself. A regular kid, if he catches the flu, he just gets to go home … But I can’t do that…. Everything is important. But, you know, my sanity is important, too. Even if I’m angry, I’ll just put a smile on my face and fake it. I don’t often fake it; what’s me is me….I know I have to give up a lot of myself, or a lot of a private life.’
- On keeping his head on straight: ‘Of course, I think that people are just waiting for that time when I make a mistake and they’re gonna jump on it….There’s gonna be haters … I know I’m not going to make a lifechanging bad decision, as some people have. I’ve seen it happen too many times. I could be my own worst enemy, but I don’t want to mess this up.’
Justin Bieber Vanity Fair February cover photo shoot behind-the-scenes video.