Justin Bieber on sex, health care, abortion and how awesome Canada is
This being awards season, it must have seemed fitting to the folks at Rolling Stone to put Canadian mega-star Justin Bieber on the cover their current issue (that is, before he lost the Best New Artist Grammy to Esperanza Spalding). The Bieb’s hair may channel the cast of Jersey Shore, but the article inside delves deeper than mere primping. The Rolling Stone Web site provides a few details from the pop star’s interview. Vanessa Grigoriadis manages to get his views on the predictable stuff—sex, love, Canada—and a few stranger topics, including abortion and Korean politics. Here, our favourite opinions from the interview.
On pre-marital sex
Bieber maintains total neutrality with an answer that is sure to make fans swoon: “I think you should just wait for the person you’re… in love with.” Rumoured girlfriend Selena Gomez must be one lucky gal.
Bieber gets patriotic and assures fans he has no plans to become an American citizen: “You guys are evil,” is Bieber’s initial jokey response to the question. Why such strong words? “Canada is the best country in the world. We go to the doctor and we don’t need to worry about paying him, but here, your whole life, you’re broke because of medical bills.”
In a surprisingly hard-hitting move, Grigoriadis asks Justin which political party he would support if he were old enough to vote. Justin’s response? Decidedly less hard-hitting. “I’m not sure about the parties. But whatever they have in Korea, that’s bad.” We’re just going to assume he means North Korea.
Justin doesn’t believe in abortion because, “it’s like killing a baby.” And in the case of rape? “I think that’s really sad, but everything happens for a reason. I guess I haven’t been in that position, so I wouldn’t be able to judge that.” A teenage response to a complicated issue—we bet there are more than a few people who decided right then and there that they’re not voting for Justin Bieber anymore.
UPDATE: The editors of rollingstone.com have added the following correction to the Justin Bieber story referenced above: “Due to an editing error, this story originally included an incomplete quote from Justin Bieber. The full quote, his response to whether abortions should be allowed in cases of rape, reads: ‘Um. Well, I think that’s really sad, but everything happens for a reason. I don’t know how that would be a reason. I guess I haven’t been in that position, so I wouldn’t be able to judge that.’” (February 17 at 2:34 p.m.)