They grow up so fast. Justin Bieber will be turning 18 in a couple of months, allowing him to get drafted, vote and tried as an adult in court.
But the 17-year-old tween obsession isn't feeling the pressure to go wild. Bieber told V magazine in an honest, wide-ranging interview that he still wants to hold onto his youth a little longer.
There are people who try to grow up too fast - they're 18, so they're like, I'm not a kid anymore. People need to know I'm not a kid anymore. But at the end of the day, I'm not completely grown up. I'm still learning. I'm going to grow up how I grow up.
Bieber vows not to go the stereotypical celebrity route that makes actors and singers regular tabloid covers. I'm not going to try to conform to what people want me to be or go out there and start partying, have people see me with alcohol, he said. I want to do it at my own pace. But I'm never going to make myself so the kids and the parents don't respect me.
He also said he wants to keep his lyrics clean, like his idol Michael Jackson: I don't want to start singing about things like sex, drugs and swearing.
March 1, the day Bieber turns 18, is quite a few weeks from now (if you'd prefer a more accurate time table, feel free to go to this site) and Bieber hasn't dished about what he plans on doing for his big day. Last year for his birthday, he and girlfriend Selena reportedly went on a romantic getaway at a luxury beach resort at Dana Point, California, according to the New York Daily News.
Whatever the pop star plans on doing, his friends - or at least his girlfriend - will be involved. Bieber told V that some of his bigger ambitions are on hold for the moment so he can just be a kid and hang out with his pals.
I'm going to be honest: I'm young and I'm not as disciplined as I need to be in order to be the best. If I have a day off, I need to be at the dance studio, [but instead] I'm hanging out with my fiends because I'm young, he told the magazine. But when I'm in my 20s and I'm starting to really want to be the best, I need to buckle down and work as hard as these other people.
As for other long term goals, Bieber dreams of one day achieving the same level of talent as Michael Jackson.
If I could be at his level... But I've got a lot of work to do. I'm not saying it's going to happen within the next three years. But hopefully by the time I'm 30, people will remember me. I think people will remember me at this point, but I don't want people to just think of me as a teen sensation.