Justin Bieber is all grown up on the August 2015 cover of Interview. In the dark and edgy photos, shot by Steven Klein, the 21-year-old heartthrob strips down and shows off his tatted torso while modeling his Calvins. The pop playboy licks a knife, dons a clown mask, and grabs his crotch while wearing a red glove.
When he’s not renting private jets or attending the Met Ball with Balmain designer Olivier Rousteing, he dialed up his longtime friend Martha Stewart, who roasted him on Comedy Central.
They discussed his single status (“No girlfriend at the moment”), favorite foods (grilled salmon and mashed potatoes), car collection (he has a Ferrari, Audi R8, Range Rover, and Maybach), his investments (he owns part of West Coast Customs and a photo app called Shots), and his upcoming album, which features production from Kanye West, Skrillex, Diplo, and Rick Rubin.
The “futuristic” project, which currently has no release date, will feature live instrumentation including his own drumming. “It’s just very personal. People will be able to really get in to where my heart is,” said Bieber. “It’s about my journey in life—stuff that I’ve been through. Maybe I can teach a lesson, certain things that are inspiring.”
On his musical influences: “I listened to a lot of Michael Jackson growing up. A lot of Boyz II Men. I loved Mariah Carey. Just big vocalists. I was always that kid who just wore whatever and did whatever. And my mom always supported that. So I always looked up to Michael because he was never afraid to just be himself, never tried to be anything that he wasn’t.”
On meeting manager Scooter Braun: “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.”
On his new album: “The new album’s going really well. I’m working a lot with Skrillex and Diplo and this guy named Poo Bear, who’s an incredible writer. 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 like bang-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.”
On working with Skrillex: “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.”
On the recording process: “I’m really not worried about when it’s finished, 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.”
On his current love: “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.”