Justin Bieber has become the poster boy for tabloid fodder this year, and despite it all, he has remained true to himself and continued to release new music to his fans. His wildly successful Believe Worldwide Tour set the bar even higher, and to culminate his achievements, he is set to release a new documentary called "Believe" on Christmas Day -- a project which sheds light on who the singer is now. His manager Scooter Braun, however, believes the pop superstar should take a break from the limelight and focus on his future.
“He said, ‘Losing my childhood. Losing the time I have with my family and my friends is not worth it unless I give you the best I can be.’ He wants to go for it because what he’s given up already, he can’t justify losing all that unless he gets to the top," Braun tells On Air with Ryan Seacrest on Wednesday (Dec. 18), "and that’s why he works as hard as hard as he does … I’m telling him after this movie, I want him to take next year off and just take a break and he can still live in the studio and work on the next album, which is what he wants to do, but I just want him to take some time to himself, so he can have that time alone cause he’s been working since he was 12-years-old.”
Braun also reveals that Bieber, surprisingly, wants to eventually settle down and raise a family. He explains, “He really does want to get married and have kids. That’s actually the ultimate goal. When we talk, he goes, ‘I really ultimately just want to have a family and be happy.’”
In the midst of the whirlwind of success, Beiber is not so trusting of people these days. Scooter elaborates, ”I think it’s something he should answer, but for the future I think we’ve all been there, it depends on the girl … The other day he looked at me, we were on tour, and he said, ‘I just don’t trust people.’ And when I first met him, he was this really trusting kid who was wide-eyed and believed in everything and the whole world. And I think over the last couple of years, he says, there’s very few people in the world that he can trust."
"He says it’s hard for him to even make friends because ‘I don’t know people’s agenda, I meet a girl and I don’t know her agenda’ …. And I think he’s figuring that out. As Usher pointed out, he’s 19. He’s figuring out who he is as a man. If there was a camera on me at 19, I would have been a lot worse."
As far as the upcoming "Believe" film, Braun discuss what the purpose of it is:
“We made the first movie, Never Say Never, and it was really successful and we told the story of a kid who came from nothing and had a dream and lived that dream. And, we decided with this movie we did independently and we thought we’ll just show the concert and the experience and we’re not really going to make it into a big movie. And then over the last nine months, Justin got into trouble sometimes and we started seeing this thing going on of just the press over and over again got into a place where they could get away with anything and there’s a point where you just can’t respond to every single rumor, so we just had to let it go. I could sit there and address every single one but it was ridiculous so we decided with this movie we are going to address it all at once and our director Jon Chu sat down with Justin for a three-hour interview and asked him really hard questions … and we decided instead of running away from the issue, we are just going to go after it head-on. We made a family movie that if the last one represented hope, this one is how do you respond to adversity? How do you respond to getting knocked down?”
Mentor and R&B legend Usher also rang into the studio to discuss Bieber. On if Bieber ever reached out to him for advice during the past year, he says, “I think overall, this isn’t business. This is family. So were supportive in any and every way that we can. There were conversations throughout the process, but I aways told him, ‘If this is what you want, there’s a price to pay.’ Imagine if you had a camera following you around when you’re Justin’s age, would you be proud of everything that they see? No. So this is at times, some things that just a teenager would experience and go through and this has all been a coming of age experience not only for him in his maturity, but also as an artist.”
Ahead of the "Believe" film, Bieber released 10 new R&B-inflected tracks called his "journals," which included such collaborators as Chance The Rapper, R. Kelly and Donnie Lyle. He is set to drop a brand new album, ironically called "Journals," Dec. 23. He also recently teased snippets for three new songs on his Instagram account, called "Swap It Out," "One Life" and "What's Hatnin'."
Check out a clip from the Scooter interview above.