Well, color me surprised. I didn't think the day would come when Justin Bieber seemed to genuinely change his ways for the better. Many people have been skeptical and rolled their eyes at his so-called apology tour. It all seemed too planned, but really, how else would an apology tour seem? Considering the low place that Bieber was, he had to take drastic measures to really convince people he was changing his ways (Comedy Central roast included). As the cover star of the June/July issue of Seventeen, Justin Bieber got candid about his past behavior and finally showed some self-awareness.
He was undoubtedly in a difficult place — a barely legal pop star with fame and money at his disposal. He admits it all went to his head in the worst way and that the problem stemmed from not having people around him who could hold him accountable for his actions:
I was rebelling a little bit. I was getting cockier and cockier. I didn't have people to check me... I looked back and I was disappointed in myself.
"Rebelling a little bit" is an understatement. Bieber went on a reign of bratty terror and his antics were wildly publicized all over the world. In 2012, GQ took an inside look at Bieber while he was recording an album, and the writer, Drew Magary, captured this gem of a quote Bieber said to his friends whilst talking about million dollar vehicles: "I'm 18 years old and I'm a swaggy adult! Come on, swaggy bros!" And who could ever forget about that cringe-worthy deposition video in which Bieber was totally condescending while being questioned and was generally the biggest punk on the face of the earth?
Oh, we all recall, Bieber. But the point here is that he is looking forward and everyone deserves a second chance, if it is genuine. In Seventeen he continued,
You have to own up to the mistakes... You have to say, "I'm sorry if I've let you down,"...I always want to be honest and let people know that those mistakes aren't who I am. Who I am is someone who really cares about people.
This time around, it seems like Bieber is really doing the right things. Following the misdemeanor case in which he caused $80,000 worth of damage by throwing eggs at his neighbors house, he is reported to have completed 12 anger management sessions. In addition to the classes, Bieber has to complete five days of community service and has signed up to fix up some facilities at a South L.A. organization.
According to USA Today, Bieber's probation officer wrote in a report submitted on Monday, "His overall performance on probation has been good and he continues to display a cooperative attitude." Bravo! Here's hoping Bieber stays true to himself, keeps up with the surprising self-awareness, and continues on with actions that will lead him to become the man he knows that he can be.
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