Justin Bieber has come under fire for a run of strange, pretty terrible behavior.
Bieber is aware of the criticism, but he makes his opinion on the haters very well known in the latest issue of The Hollywood Reporter.
"I don't give a f-ck," he tells the publication. "I don’t give a f-ck what they say."
The artist isn't lacking for self-confidence, either.
“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 says. "I’m happy with the man I’m becoming.”
Manager and close friend Scooter Braun is featured alongside Bieber in the issue and says no one in the team's entourage is worried about the star.
"Say whatever the f-ck you want," Braun tells critics. "Justin’s not going to go crazy. He’s not going to end up in rehab. He’s not going to end up a statistic. Nine months ago, they said he lost his mind - he hasn’t missed a show since. So we’re just going to shut up.”
Bieber adds that he's grown to have a number of trust issues due to stories leaking out and is only really leaning on Braun and his parents these days.
As for his professional role models?
“I’m very influenced by black culture, but I don’t think of it as black or white,” says Bieber. “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.”
Does Bieber feel any kind of pressure when it comes to his career? Not at all. The guy is only 19 years old, remember.
“Michael Jackson didn’t do Off the Wall until he was about 23,” Justin says of late performer’s 1979 breakout album. “Bad, not until he was, like, 25 [Jackson was 29]. I have all the time in the world.”