By Alexis Fasone
I’ve never been a huge Justin Bieber fan. I never had “Bieber Fever” and I thought Justin circa 2010 somewhat resembled a pre-pubescent girl.
In the past three years, Justin has gone through a lot. He spent a night in jail for DUI and drag racing, peed in a mop bucket and defaced a photo of Bill Clinton, and got charged for vandalism in Brazil, just to name a few.
More recently, and more positively, Justin has a pair of top 10 singles: “Where Are Ü Now” and “What Do You Mean”. His hair isn’t the only thing that’s changed since 2012. He’s come a long way in the way of music and other things like being the topic of a Comedy Central roast, appearing openly and apologetically on Ellen, participating in a Carpool Karaoke video, and performing an emotional song at the VMAs.
In a recent interview with Complex magazine he reflected on decisions he made in his past and described the ways in which he’s changed. He admits that he forgot “what [his] mom raised [him] to be” and that he “veered off and got tainted”. He trusted a lot of people when he was young who ended up taking advantage of him so he started doing his own thing and being rebellious. Now that he’s 21 Justin says he’s finally coming into his own and surrounding himself with the right people.
I think a major point that Justin is trying to convey with this interview, as he states in the article, is that he went through his share of bad experiences, but he came out on the other side and he wants to show people that they can, too, and that it gets better.
What surprised me the most in this interview was when Justin started talking about God. Some celebrities are open about their faith and some aren’t, but I guess I just never pegged Justin Bieber to be one to have an opinion. This interview proved me wrong.
While he says he’s not religious, Justin is a Christian and loves and wishes to live like Jesus. He also believes that “we have the greatest healer of all and his name is Jesus Christ. And he really heals. This is it. It’s time that we all share our voice. Whatever you believe. Share it. I’m at a point where I’m not going to hold this in.”
Sometimes I feel like celebrities say things because they think it’s what people want to hear or, in this case, what makes them look the best in the eyes of the public. I’ve always thought that Justin Bieber tried a little too hard to make everyone like him and talking about Christianity and the grace of God after coming back from a rough patch might be him trying to gain people’s respect back. At the same time, religion is no small topic of conversation and it isn’t easily thrown around like it’s nothing. Justin seems genuine about what he believes and it makes me think he’s starting a new chapter in his life.
Surprisingly, I agree with a lot of what Justin said during his interview. I, personally, am religious. I love Jesus and I believe that God is our Savior and I go to church every Sunday. At the same time, I’m not trying to force anyone to believe what I believe and shun or judge you if you don’t. Justin feels the same way (again, surprisingly). It’s a personal choice and decision and people will do whatever they want.
I believe Justin describes religion perfectly with this statement: “that’s the whole thing with religion that’s been throwing off the people. It’s not a ‘have to.’ It should be just like a personal relationship. Like, ‘Hey, I love you because you first loved me.’”
I never thought I would agree with Justin Bieber on a topic so controversial as religion, but a lot of what he said is true and powerful and relatable. After a string of bad choices and rebellious behavior, Justin Bieber was a faint blip on my radar. But I’m giving him a second chance and I’m excited and eager to see how he uses it.