'I want to be able to stop apologising' says Justin Bieber
Published 16/02/2016 | 00:06
Justin Bieber might have had a number one hit with Sorry but he said he wants to "get to a place where I can stop apologising" for his past behaviour.
The Love Yourself singer, whose squeaky clean image when he shot onto the music scene at 13 has been marred by run-ins with police, denied that he wanted to be a "bad-boy rock star" as Rod Stewart recently accused him of trying to be.
The 21-year-old told Radio Times, "I'm not a bad guy. People might have misconceptions. And hopefully those walls start to come down and they see the real me."
He continued: "I was in a bad place... It wasn't fake... I just want to get to a place where I can stop apologising. We all go through trial and error. We all go through moments of downfall."
Bieber put himself in a good light in December when he urged his 75 million social media followers to help make A Bridge Over You, the charity single by the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust, the UK Christmas Number One - and succeeded.
And he still managed to get Love Yourself, Sorry and What Do You Mean - all singles from his best-selling album Purpose - in the top five.
He explained that the album title came from finding motivation again in his life, which he also credits to re-focusing on his belief in God.
He said: "It's called Purpose just because I felt like I lost my purpose for a while. But now I've found my purpose. Because I do have a platform and there's so much I can do for the world and use my music to bring that hope and light."
He revealed that he prays every night before he goes to sleep, and when he's troubled or thankful.
He added: "Without God I wouldn't be in this position. He's blessed me with the talent and opportunity. And I feel like there's also a reason I'm here."
The full interview is available in this week's Radio Times.