Justin Bieber is trying to reform his bad boy reputation, and his next step is apologizing for disappointing his fans.
“I looked back and I was disappointed in myself,” the singer tells Seventeen. “You have to own up to the mistakes. You have to say, ‘I’m sorry if I’ve let you down.'”
Bieber also reveals to the magazine that his antics were part of a rebellious stage — which includes more than one incident of spitting on people and an arrest for drag racing under the influence.
The “Baby” singer claims his ego got out of control because he didn’t have anyone to put him back in line.
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“I was rebelling a little bit,” Bieber says, “I was getting cockier and cockier. I didn’t have people to check me.”
That doesn’t mean that Bieber is blaming his behavior on other people. According to the 21-year-old, he is prepared to take responsibility for his mistakes and hopes they don’t overshadow who he really is as a person.
“I always want to be honest and let people know that those mistakes aren’t who I am. Who I am is someone who really cares about people,” he says.
Seventeen is the latest stop on Bieber’s apology tour. He also expressed regret for his actions during a recent appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” He then delivered an apologetic speech at the end of his Comedy Central roast. Only time will tell if Bieber’s apologies are a legitimate sign of change.