Justin Bieber Calls Calvin Klein Campaign a ‘Transitioning Tool’ into Adulthood

Justin Bieber is slowing joining the ranks of the fashion industry’s elite, but he’s not ready to put his pop music career on hold for the sake of fashion just yet. For now, he’s focused on asserting a more adult image, with the help of Calvin Klein.

Those sexy black and white photos he took with a shirtless Lara Stone? Beiber calls it his “transition too” into adulthood.

And we can understand why. The singer, who just turned 21-years-old in March, has had a bit of a sordid adolescence, what with his bad-boy behavior and overall bad attitude (ahem, that deposition being the tipping point).

If anything, Calvin Klein has embraced his edge, with global creative director Kevin Carrigan saying the bad-boy thing is “kind of part of the music industry.”

And Bieber doesn’t let his past mistakes get him down either. After all, he’s just human.

Biebs told WWD while in Hong Kong, “People wanted me to apologize, which I don’t know if it’s really fair. I’ll definitely take responsibility…as I’m growing but I’ll never apologize for being human and making mistakes. I think that that’s just part of growing and living and becoming a man or a woman. It’s been a cool learning process. I’m really happy where I am right now, that’s for sure…take a second to, like, step back and evaluate the situation and think, OK, that might not be true, or just give me the benefit of the doubt. That’s all I ask.”

He has, however, made many attempts at cleaning up his public image, starting with those continual appearances on Ellen Degeneres earlier this year (apology tour much?), followed by a Comedy Central roast in honor of his big 21st.

“I don’t think anyone has really doubted my musical capability and that’s what has sustained me this long, through all the negative stuff that’s been portrayed of me,” he added.

Way to have a good head on your shoulders, Biebs.

Now, in terms of fashion, he does see himself doing a line one day in the future but his presence is definitely growing, having just attended the Met Gala wearing a gold-embroidered Balmain jacket with the brand’s designer Olivier Rousteing.

“I haven’t lost that passion,” he explained. “It’s just such a big deal….I just want to make sure it’s perfect and right and take my time with it. I know Kanye [West] has been working on his stuff for years and failed and came back and tried again and failed. It’s about trial and error and I don’t know if I’m ready for that yet.

“Fashion’s definitely really important, but I got to make sure I’m ready for the failing part of it because I know that comes with it. It’s not easy. It’s not like putting out an album.”

In other words, he’s just happy being embraced for now. “Just being recognized by the fashion world in such a way so far has been awesome,” he said. “I’m excited to venture into a new lane….Really new and something I’ve always really liked, but now I’m just moving forward into that direction.”

Other than a role in Zoolander 2, Bieber is focused on his upcoming album (a follow-up to his fourth studio album, 2013’s Journals).

“You’ll find yourself in the studio for months at a time and find nothing and then all of the sudden it’s like bang, bang, bang and you get [ideas] like one after the other. Finally you get in a rhythm and a motion, and I feel like that’s where I’m at, just kind of finally collecting all of the songs that I want to come out.”

We’re waiting!