Justin Bieberwent shirtless for Interview magazine, in which he spoke with the amazing Martha Stewart. He opened up on his love life, and admitted to her that he finished high school with a 4.0 GPA. Granted, he did high school long distance while he was touring around the world, and likely no one wanted to be the teacher who flunked Justin Bieber. That would be career suicide.
Bieber, who graduated in 2012 from St. Michael Catholic Secondary School in Stratford, Ontario, told Stewart he didn’t drop out of school, and that he “finished high school with a 4.0 GPA” despite moving to Atlanta when he was 13.
Contrary to the fact that Bieber has exhibited many displays of stupidity during his late teen years (that deposition video and the whole peeing in a bucket incident both come to mind…), it seems as if the Biebs might actually be of high intelligence. After all, he can complete a Rubik’s cube in under 2 minutes.
Bieber also revealed that in addition to owning part of car shop West Coast Customs, he’s an investor in a lot of tech companies. He explained, “A lot of different tech investments, but not a lot I can speak on because we want to kind of keep that private.” He’s interested in the tech world because “there’s such a big return. We’ve got someone who’s very smart in that world who helps us figure out what’s going to blow up and … I don’t know, I just like tech.”
Hmm…sounds like some smart moves to us, (or, he’s got some super smart people working for him).
Bieber explained how his whole music career started when he was 13:
[Music] was never something that I was going to do for a living. At 13 you’re not even thinking about that, you know? I was just playing for fun and uploading videos on YouTube because I wanted to show my family. That’s when Scooter [Braun] found me…
He kind of stalked me, basically. He got in touch with a lot of people in Stratford because he couldn’t get in touch with me. My mom’s last name is Mallette, and my last name is Bieber, so he contacted my great aunt, who I’d never met before. He contacted the school board. My mom was getting all these messages saying, ‘This guy named Scooter is trying to get in touch with you.’ After a while, it got kind of creepy to my mom, so she finally gave him a call to tell him to stop calling. She ended up talking to him for about two hours. They kept in touch, and we eventually made a trip out to Atlanta to see what he’s about and to see what kind of connections he could get.
Scooter encouraged him to release his first album, My World, and he admitted that at that time, “I never really dreamed of [releasing an album]. I didn’t know about anything like that. So when Scooter was contacting us, I started to think, like, ‘Wow, this could actually be my life. I could actually do this for a living and make music and travel the world.’ So that’s when I started getting excited. And when I moved down to Atlanta, I met Usher.”
In 2010, Bieber released My World 2.0 and “Baby” went platinum. “I moved from Stratford to Atlanta, and I met Usher pretty much right away,” he said. “And that’s the relationship that got me the platform, really, to do everything. When he signed me, he called all the radio stations with me and got them to believe in me. We worked with a lot of great people from the start. Tricky [Stewart] and The-Dream actually wrote “Baby,” and they wrote a lot of big hits like “Single Ladies” by Beyoncé. So it was cool to be able to work with them right from the jump. We released that as the first single, and, like you said, it went platinum.”
As for social media, Biebs told Stewart, “I helped start an app called Shots. It’s a selfie app, and basically it’s an anti-bullying app. You can post pictures and there’s no comments or dislikes; you can just like the photo and follow your friends. A bunch of celebrities are on there, and it’s a really safe platform. It’s one of the fastest-growing apps right now. I’ve been on Twitter since the beginning, and on Instagram. I actually just started a Snapchat, so I’ve been kind of addicted to that recently…I wish I was involved with that one in the beginning.”
We’ve just been getting our groove. You kind of go through a period where you’re in there and nothing comes and nothing comes, and then, finally, it’s likebang-bang-bang—you get them all in a row. I’m at a place where I’m really happy and I’m ready to share my music…
I play drums and guitar. My best instrument is definitely drums, so I’m featured a lot on the album drumming. It’s pretty futuristic as well. Skrillex is on a really new wave and has found a way to take my vocals and mix them and play with them and pitch it up to make it higher with these cool effects that sound really futuristic. We have a really good chemistry.
No word yet on a release date, however. But, Justin’s “really not worried about when it’s finished,” he says. “I just want it to be perfect, so we’re taking our time with it. I’ve been working with Kanye West and Rick Rubin. We’ve gone in with a bunch of different people. I’m just trying to get the best sound and have it be consistent and make sense with what I’m going through in my life right now.”
When Stewart asked if the new album was romantic, he replied, “It’s just very personal. People will be able to really get in to where my heart is. It’s about my journey in life—stuff that I’ve been through. Maybe I can teach a lesson, certain things that are inspiring.”
And lastly, she asked the million dollar question, “And who’s your love today?”
Bieber answered, “My love? My love today is my little brother. He’s staying with me for the next week. So he’s my love right now…No girlfriend at the moment, no. I’m single.”