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JUSTIN BIEBER ON THE MEANING BEHIND “SORRY,” HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH HAILEY BALDWIN, HIS FAITH, AND FINALLY GROWING UP

New York, N.Y.—“I don’t want to put anyone in a position where they feel like I’m only theirs, only to be hurt in the end. Right now in my life, I don’t want to be held down by anything. I already have a lot that I have to commit to. A lot of responsibilities,” Justin Bieber tells GQ’s Caity Weaver about his relationship with model Hailey Baldwin. “I don’t want to feel like the girl I love is an added responsibility. I know that in the past I’ve hurt people and said things that I didn’t mean to make them happy in the moment. So now I’m just more so looking at the future, making sure I’m not damaging them. What if Hailey ends up being the girl I’m gonna marry, right? If I rush into anything, if I damage her, then it’s always gonna be damaged. It’s really hard to fix wounds like that. It’s so hard… I just don’t want to hurt her.”

Bieber is very careful when categorizing his relationships (he describes Selena Gomez as his one “bad” breakup that inspired “a lot” of the songs on Purpose. “We don’t talk often, but we’re cordial,” says Bieber about his current relationship with Selena). When asked if Hailey is just a friend he kisses he responds, “Uh-huh. I guess so,” but later he ammends his description of Hailey to “someone I really love. We spend a lot of time together.”

To see the full story, including the photos, shot by Eric Ray Davidson, go to: http://www.gq.com/story/justin-bieber-gq-interview

When asked if his hit single “Sorry” was meant to be an apology for the sum of his wrongdoings these past few years, Bieber is quick to set the record straight. “People ran with that”, he says, “––that I was, like, apologizing with the song and stuff. It really had nothing to do with that… It was about a girl.” So how does Bieber feel about his media mishaps from the past? “Everyone when they start growing up, realizes, ‘Man, I did some dumb shit 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.”

When the conversation turns to his views on faith, Bieber grows serious. “I’ve had a lot of people that burned me so many times,” he says. “If we invest everything we have in a human, we’re gonna get broken…. I feel like that’s why I have a relationship with Him [God], because I need it. I suck by myself. Like, when I’m by myself and I feel like I have nothing to lean on? Terrible. Terrible person. If I was doing this on my own, I would constantly be doing things that are, I mean, I still am doing things that are stupid, but… It just gives me some sort of hope and something to grasp onto, and a feeling of security, and a feeling of being wanted, and a feeling of being desired, and I feel like we can only get so much of that from a human.” Bieber says that dwelling on negativity is “exactly what the Devil wants. He wants us to not be happy. He wants us to, you know, not live the life that we can truly live.”

The March issue of GQ will be available on newsstands in New York and L.A. on Tuesday February 16, and will be available nationally February 23.

Date: 
Thursday, February 11, 2016