Justin Bieber tells Nick Grimshaw how he regained his Purpose
Published 27/10/2015 | 00:06
Justin Bieber has revealed he named his new album Purpose because that is what he lost - until he recently regained it.
The Canadian pop singer, 21, rose to global fame as a teenager. His last studio album was 2012's Believe.
In the last two years he has run into legal trouble, racking up two arrests and accepting a misdemeanour charge for throwing eggs at a neighbour's house.
He has also faced criticism for incidents including urinating into a mop bucket at a New York restaurant.
Speaking to Nick Grimshaw on the Radio 1 Breakfast Show about his comeback album, he said: "I named the album Purpose, and the reason I named it Purpose was because for a while there I feel like I lost my purpose, and I feel like I found my purpose again.
"Maybe that message is to say that, no matter how far you feel like you are away from yourself or you feel like you don't have your purpose, or you don't know what your purpose is, or you feel like you lost your purpose - there's always room to find that purpose again."
He added: "The fact that people weren't open to me making mistakes was almost really hypocritical, because we all know, if you're 19 and 20 and making mistakes - of course I have access to a lot more stuff and I'm under a microscope, I got cameras on me all the time. So I understand, but I'm done really apologising."
Looking back, he said: "I never was really able to make the music that I wanted to make, and I was really young, and I had people telling me what to record and giving me songs and stuff, so it really wasn't my music. It was, but it wasn't.
"So I'm glad now that I really have a say in what I do, and feel like this is my project."
The singer has released two songs off his album ahead of the album launch in November. His Billboard Hot 100 Number One hit What Do You Mean? dropped in August, and Sorry was released on October 22.
During the interview, the singer also revealed a penchant for beer - but insisted he hadn't had his first drink until he turned 21 earlier in 2015.
On drinking tequila, he said: "Y ou just can't mix it and you can't have a lot of sugar. I'm finding all this out because I didn't have my first drink 'til 21."
Grimshaw asked staff in the studio for two beers after Bieber said: "Pop stars can drink pints. We should have one right now - can you get a beer for us?"
The pop star then raised the stakes by promising a reward for anyone who brought the beers: "I'll give you $10,000." (£6,500)
After Radio 1 staff obtained two bottles of beer, Bieber and Grimshaw drank a toast to each other and joked they should just go to the pub, with Bieber suggesting: "Let's get out of here. Let's get out of here!"
Striking a more serious note after Grimshaw asked how the pop star handles public scrutiny, he said: "If you are so invested in people loving you, then when people start hating you, you're going to die by the hate.
"So I try just to be neutral, understand, like - yeah I have amazing fans, and of course I love them and it's an awesome relationship, but not to be so invested to the point where, if this person doesn't like me, that's not going to be the be-all and end-all.
"Or if I see something in the tabloids I'm like, you know what? It sucks that they gotta say that, but I'm going to still drink my beer."
Reflecting on his sound, he said: "I want to always stay pop... What pop is is popular music, and it means the majority of the people like the music. Y ou're in the shower, no matter if you like the song or not, it's in your head."
And on meeting people in person, he added: "I just disarm people. You know, just look them in their eyes, and smile, and then they feel like they're just talking to their boy."
:: The Radio 1 Breakfast Show with Nick Grimshaw airs from 6.30am on Tuesday, October 27. Bieber's new album Purpose will be released on November 13.