Bieber continues to re-set his image. (Cover & image by Eric Ray Davidson for GQ)
Justin Bieber had a rough year or so, but he has recently rebounded nicely, with a hit album everybody (who is ever gonna like anything from him) likes and an upcoming cameo in Zoolander 2. His CK shots haven't hurt a bit, either.
Now, he's on the cover of GQ for the first time, shot by Eric Ray Davidson.
In the feature, he talks about loving religious nut job Stephen Baldwin's daughter Hailey, his many career missteps/the media's hounding of him and his relationship with God:
Bieber speaks about God with the easy superfluity of someone who knows how to read the Bible between the lines, who is confident he has correctly assessed its true meaning. God’s love helps him to be a good person and to recognize the cosmic value of being a good person, but God’s love is also available to him even when he doesn’t act like a good person. Unlike employees, friends, and family members, God never disappoints—and is never disappointed in—Justin Bieber. In conversation, Bieber alludes often to the fallibility of those closest to him: “I’ve had people that burned me so many times”; “If we invest everything we have in a human, we’re gonna get broken.” God is probably the only person in the universe Bieber can really trust.
“I feel like that’s why I have a relationship with Him, because I need it. I suck by myself. Like, when I’m by myself and I feel like I have nothing to lean on? Terrible. Terrible person. If I was doing this on my own, I would constantly be doing things that are, I mean, I still am doing things that are stupid, but… It just gives me some sort of hope and something to grasp onto, and a feeling of security, and a feeling of being wanted, and a feeling of being desired, and I feel like we can only get so much of that from a human.”
More from him, and more pictures of him, in the new GQ.