+ Hollywood Reporter photo shoot! ‘I’m very influenced by black culture, but I don’t think of it as black or white. It’s not me trying to act or pose in a certain way. It’s a lifestyle, like a suaveness or a swag, per se. But I don’t really like to say the word [‘swag’] anymore. It’s kind of played out.’
‘[Sometimes you just have to say], ‘I don’t give a f***.’ Not ‘I don’t give a f***’ to just be reckless and do whatever, but ‘I don’t give a f*** what they say.’ ..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. I’m happy with the man I’m becoming.
When people see a negative thing about me on a magazine, they’re gonna buy it. Every time some site writes something bad, all my followers go on there, and it brings them more traffic. Now they have all the Beliebers on their site, which gives them money from advertisers. They’re just worried about money. They don’t care about ruining someone’s name.
[I’ve learned] you shouldn’t trust anybody. I trust my mom and dad. I trust Scooter with my career; he’s always made sure I’m taken care of. That’s it. Scooter was like the father figure in my life. But when I started to grow up, it was hard for him to have to listen to my input. I want to be me, to show everybody who I am as an individual. I don’t want to just be a puppet.’