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Justin's Irish dream

Teenage sensation Justin Bieber has revealed how he would love to duet with chart-toppers U2.

And he has revealed to the Herald how despite his global success, he's still "just Justin", a normal teenager in the eyes of his proud mum Pattie Mallette.

Before the grammy-winning artist (17) took to the stage of the O2 arena to wow more than 14,000 screaming fans for his My World tour, he had to spend more than three hours doing schoolwork.

"It's really nice here, this is my first time," he said. "All my fans are amazing, it amazes me every city I go to and every new place, they always just amaze me.

"It's great, making music is something that I love and my fans are really involved in that and really love my music and it's always good to see new fans and be a part of that. I love performing."

And when asked if he would like to collaborate musically with any Irish artists, his answer was instant. "I'm a big U2 fan, I love Bono. I don't even know if he's here, I think he's away. I met him at the Vivo launch before," he explained.

The doe-eyed teenager is even smaller in person than he appears in pictures when he meets the Irish media for a brief interview before taking to the stage.

Softly spoken and dressed down in a pair of jeans and a cardigan, he appears to mull over each question asked.

Despite his baby face and tiny frame, he appears far more mature than his years, thanks to his stellar rise to stardom.

Adept at handling media pressure, he has no problem neatly sidestepping a question about whether he missed his new girlfriend Selena Gomez (18).

"Yeah -- I miss all my friends," he replied. He's also acutely aware of how much influence someone with seven million Twitter fans can yield.

"I try to be a good example for people and always say nice things and be a good person so I'm not perfect but I try to be a good example," he added. And the global phenomenon, whose home videos were discovered by Scooter Braun in 2007, is equally careful about stirring up fan mania. He has spent the past three days relaxing at the Ritz Carlton hotel in Powerscourt after flying in last Sunday as he enjoyed a gap in his hectic schedule.


But given the chaotic scenes witnessed on Grafton Street after false reports he was out shopping, Justin only revealed that he had "been out". Yet he declined to say where exactly "in case I want to go back".

But it seems that his life isn't light years away from other teenagers when it comes to the dreaded issue of homework.

"I have a tutor, he travels with me, I did three and a half hours this morning," he continued.

"I hate school. I'm not going to say I like school. I do it because it's important and I tell people that it's really important because school gives you so much knowledge about the world. I don't necessarily like it but it's something that's necessary."

But despite saying, in true teenager style, how his mum Pattie "hasn't taught me anything about the business," she does keep him grounded.

While he has been busy catching up on sleep, his fun-loving mum has been throwing herself into the Irish pub scene.

She was spotted enjoying a steak in Johnny Fox's on Monday night and also headed in with some of his entourage to Lillie's Bordello. There's no way he'll be following suit though.

"No, I'm not old enough to go in the clubs, I'm not really into that right now. I just like to relax and hang out," he explained.

"Mom gives me advice about everyday stuff but not about the business because she really has no clue about it.

"She's my mom, that doesn't change once you're famous. When I'm being disrespectful, which doesn't happen very often, she definitely puts me in my place. I'm just Justin to her, that's all."

A natural-born performer, he also insists that his nerves don't start jingling before taking to the stage for a big gig.


"No, not at all. It's just like walking to me, I do it so much and it's instilled in me. When you walk, you don't really think about it, so it's like when I perform, it's something I just do.

"It's always amazing and the energy is so great from the fans so I'm just used to it, going out there and doing it. I want to say, thank you to all my Irish fans for all their love. They're awesome."