Justin Bieber Opens Up About His Bad Boy Behavior and Being a ‘Sensitive Guy’

Justin Bieber knew his behavior was bad back when he was filling out his rap sheet, including but not limited to getting into kerfuffles with the police, paparazzi, and Orlando Bloom.

But, he admits now, that his consciousness of his bad behavior didn’t prevent him from continuing to be bad.

On needing to make mistakes in order to learn from them, Biebs told Elvis Duran during his interview on Elvis Duran and the Morning Show (airing Friday),

I mean, maybe I’m a bad influence, but for me I was like, no, I’m going to do this until I feel like I shouldn’t be doing this. Maybe I was wrong, but that’s how I learn, and I feel like I’m much better for it.

Not sure where peeing in a mop bucket in the kitchen of some restaurant fits into all of this, but sure. Learning from your past mistakes is definitely a positive thing. We’re mostly happy he’s moved on from his peach fuzz pornstache of all things, to be quite honest.

In fact, the only thing he’d change would be staying away from Miami, which is where he was arrested for a DUI (while drag racing) and resisting arrest back in January 2014. He remarked, “Would I do anything different? I would probably stay away from Miami.”

On a more sympathetic note, Bieber assured Duran,

I just want to be around people who I feel are supporting me, uplifting me, and making sure I’m the best version of myself because there are so many people in this industry who just want to keep seeing me fall.

Which, if you think about it, is probably true. It’s probably part of the reason why the Biebs has been putting a lot of his energy this year into his “apology tour,” from his many appearances on the The Ellen DeGeneres Show, to hanging out with friends who are good influences and with whom he goes to church, to even having a Comedy Central roast in his honor for his 21st birthday where Martha Stewart was the highlight (which in itself is a reminder that he’s only 21-years-old and therefore deserves a bit of a break for all of his bad, childish behavior from years prior).

He continued,

It has to be on you. You have to make the conscious effort, because for me, so many times it was good people coming in my life and tugging at me, but I wasn’t ready. They’re like, ‘Justin, come on.’ But I wasn’t ready to take that leap and be like, ‘Okay, this is what I want to change, this is who I am, and this is not who I am.’ It takes moments of clarity to be like, ‘Oh, that’s why I’m not like this. That’s why I shouldn’t do this.’

Whatever that leap was, we’re happy he took it and is making serious music with a clean image.

And in case you didn’t know, the Biebs is a self-proclaimed “sensitive guy” who has trust issues.

Trusting people is hard, especially for me. I’ve trusted people who I probably shouldn’t have trusted before and they’ve hurt my heart. I’m a pretty sensitive guy, so I’ll lay it all on the line, and they’ll kind of pull it. So now I’m figuring out there’s certain people I can’t do that with.

Here’s what I’ll tell the people: Don’t let someone who ruined your trust ruin that next person’s chance to gain that trust. I think I let that affect me and change the way I looked at people for a while.

As for his love life, other than off and on ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez, Bieber is constantly linked to a variety of models. Earlier this week it was rumored that he was “romancing” model Xenia Deli. The rumors are in fact false, and they’re just friends after she appeared in his new music video for “What Do You Mean,” (which will make its radio debut tomorrow).

However, he did tease to Duran, “Yes. I am in love…Her name is Esther, she’s my little puppy! She’s adorable. She’s a silky terrier. She makes me smile.”

Here’s a new rehearsal snippet from “What Do You Mean,” which he’ll also be performing for the first time at Sunday night’s MTV VMAs.

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