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Becoming a man: Justin Bieber opened up about his growing up in the spotlight in a new interview with V Magazine
Justin Bieber has opened up about his view on sex, drugs and religion.
The pop star, who is approaching his 18th birthday, also discussed the pressure of coming of age in the spotlight in a new interview with America's V magazine.
'People need to know I'm not a kid anymore,' he admits, adding that he's 'not completely grown-up' either. 'I'm still learning,' he says.
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'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. I want to do it at my own pace.'
While he may be transforming from a boy to a man, don't expect him to change his squeeky clean image.
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'I don't want to start singing about things like sex, drugs and swearing,' said the heartthrob, who is dating Selena Gomez.
'I'm into love, and maybe I'll get more into making love when I'm older. But I want to be someone who is respected by everybody.'
While he recently got a tattoo of Jesus on his leg, he insists: 'I don't consider myself religious. I haven't been to church in a long time.'
'Not religious': Bieber, who recently got this Jesus tattoo on his calf, says he hasn't been to church in a long time
The teen sensation made headlines with the large tattoo of Christ's face on his calf - but downplays his beliefs. Bieber admitted that going to church does not play a part in his life, although he talks to God in private.
'I don't think I'm religious. I am spiritual,' Bieber told the fashion magazine.
'I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sins. I believe that He put me in this position, and that I have to always give Him the glory He deserves for putting me here.
'But I don't consider myself religious. A lot of people who are religious, I think they get lost. They go to church just to go to church.
'I'm not trying to disrespect them - you know, whatever works for you.
'But for me, I focus more on praying and talking to Him. I don't have to go to church.'