“I hope people felt the sincerity in my apologies,” he says Hero Magazine’s Issue 13, which hits newsstands in the U.K. Apr. 27 and in the U.S. May 18. “There are a lot of things that have happened in the last couple years that I’m not very proud of, and I feel a responsibility to my fans and to the public who believe in me to make it right. I hope everyone believed it — because it was honest.”
“It’s definitely hard having so many people judge you from a distance,” he continues
of his apology tour. “Sometimes you just want to explain yourself, but then that’s giving into gossip and it makes things worse. It’s a tough line to walk.”
Bieber, who has been arrested with a DUI and sentenced to probation for egging his neighbor’s house in the past, also adds that his new music will reflect his growth as a person.
“The biggest difference is that I’m older. I was 17 when I recorded most of my last album and I’m 21 now. I’ve been through a lot in a public way, which gives me a much different perspective on things. I am working with producers like Kanye[West] and RickRubin who have influenced me and the music I listen to in a big way,” he says of his new material. “The creative process this time around is more personal. When I was younger I would take other people’s experiences, now I have my own to draw from and it makes all the difference because it’s a release. It’s amazing because I’m able to really work out anything I am feeling in my music. I’m nervous whenever I put out new work because it’s such a personal journey, but I try to remember music is meant to be enjoyed — so I try to roll with it.