Damage control or simply growing up Justin Bieber has reunited with Martha Stewart for the INTERVIEW Magazine feature. Don’t forget Stewart who has jail-time under her belt is the tough one in this tête-à-tête conversation conducted for the magazine’s latest cover story.
STEWART: Yeah. It’s crazy. You had little bangs, and we’re just smiling. So much has happened to you since then. You’re 21 and, I would say, pretty sophisticated now. You just went to the Met Ball. How was that?
BIEBER: It was awesome. We got to see a lot of great people.
STEWART: Did you have a date?
BIEBER: I didn’t have a date. But I got to talk to Anna Wintour for quite a few minutes. We talked about fashion, and I thanked her for inviting me, because you have to be invited to the event. I know they use a pretty small list, so to be in that room with a lot of awesome people …
STEWART: Do you remember who the designer of your beautiful jacket was?
BIEBER: It was Balmain. And, actually, I guess I did have a date. It wasn’t a girl; my date was Olivier [Rousteing], who’s the designer at Balmain.
STEWART: Who were your musical influences at that time?
BIEBER: I listened to a lot of Michael Jackson growing up. A lot of Boyz II Men. I loved Mariah Carey. Just big vocalists. I was always that kid who just wore whatever and did whatever. And my mom always supported that. So I always looked up to Michael because he was never afraid to just be himself, never tried to be anything that he wasn’t.
STEWART: Did you drop out of school, Justin?
BIEBER: No, I finished high school with a 4.0 GPA.
STEWART: That’s very cool. And what else do you invest in?
BIEBER: A lot of tech investments.
STEWART: Like Facebook?
BIEBER: A lot of different tech investments, but not a lot I can speak on because we want to kind of keep that private.
STEWART: What interests you in the tech world?
BIEBER: Just the fact that there’s such a big return. We’ve got someone who’s very smart in that world who helps us figure out what’s going to blow up and … I don’t know, I just like tech.
STEWART: Okay, well, after this interview, every girl in America will want you—I think they do already. I think you have too many girlfriends to choose from.
BIEBER: I think so, too. I’m a pretty lucky guy.
Photographer: Steven Klein
Stylist: Karl Templer
Star: Justin Bieber
Grooming: Florido Bassallo