Justin Bieber is covering GQ for the first time and, well … damn. He’s been reminding us for a while now that he’s a man — the Calvin Klein ads, the apology tour on Ellen — but this is the first time we’re actually buying what he’s selling. Gone is the monkey-loving, egg-throwing, drag-racing dude of the past. And in his place is a new-and-improved young man, enjoying the most successful and critically acclaimed period of his career, ready to reintroduce himself to the world.
And, boy, do we like this new version.
Along with the cover comes more pics inside (humina-humina) and an interview in which he reveals what’s really going on with Hailey Baldwin. Sort of. He admits that the model is “someone I really love” and they “spend a lot of time together” but depending on his tone, he could just as easily be saying that about any pal or family member.
The 21-year-old singer also opened up about what his hit song “Sorry” is all about. Rather, WHO. Because, while a few people assumed it was one last apology for all the mistakes he made in the past, it was actually “about a girl.” (Cough, cough, Selena.)
“Everyone when they start growing up realizes, ‘Man, I did some dumb sh-t when I was younger,'” he says. “It’s not just me … If I could go back I wouldn’t really change much. I think it’s all my journey. That stuff made me who I am.”
And that’s a great way to look at it. Because say what you want about Bieber and how he used to be, but he was behaving like any teenage punk would. Now add in a ton of money, fame, and cameras following your every move, and of course he’s going to look like a d-bag. Anyone would.
So it’s good that Biebs is chalking it up to a learning curve. Hopefully he’s said his sorries to the people who really needed to hear it (cough, cough, Selena, again; maybe dude whose house he egged?).
Oh yeah, and thanks Biebs for drawing our attention to this new rendition of your hit song, featuring 29 celebs doing a dramatic reading of “Sorry.” It’ll be your favourite thing today.
In Justin’s younger and immature days, he would’ve been pissed but Man Biebs can appreciate it.
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) February 11, 2016