Justin Bieber: "I know who I am and I'm very much in control"

Apr 3, 2013 at 11:43 a.m. ET

Even though millions of fans think they know Justin Bieber, he rarely lets people know who he really is. In a new interview, he gives some insight into what he is thinking.

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Just like Playboy, there is a good chance many people won’t be buying the new Teen Vogue for the article (or at least not only for the article). Beliebers will be able to feast their eyes on many, many new photos of Justin Bieber trying his best to look all hot and innocent (beauty is in the eye of the 13-year-old beholder?).

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But Bieber gave his first interview since his most recent meltdown, and offers a look into the mind of one of the world’s most successful pop stars.

One surprising topic the 19-year-old singer brings up in the interview is that he doesn’t have many friends. They say it’s loneliest at the top, and for Bieber, that doesn’t mean he hasn’t met some great people who could end up being really good friends.

"I get good vibes from people all the time, and I probably could get along with them and be their friend, but now I just don't trust anybody,” Bieber told Teen Vogue. "Literally, my phone never rings. I only have, like, four people that I keep in contact with."

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But he added that he is OK with that, because those, like, four people are enough for him.

"I don't need a bunch of friends to make me happy," he said, according to Us Weekly. "I just need the people close to me that I love, that's all."

Bieber said the recent troubles have nothing to do with his success, and that he has learned to shut off his critics, with a very interesting inspiration.

"I know who I am and I'm very much in control," he told the magazine regarding rumors about his personal life. "I don't need to address every speculation. Remember when Cam'ron dissed Jay-Z? Jay-Z didn't even respond. Why didn't he respond? Because he's Jay-Z."

That task is easier said than done when social media comes into play, because Bieber is then just one screen away from his fans, and one fingertip away from responding.

“My Twitter is really nice," he said. "I have so many fans that I rarely ever see a nasty tweet... I see so much stuff on the Internet, sometimes I just want to go to Twitter and just go after people. But then I think twice: If someone if dissing me, I'm going to make this person way more famous by tweeting them."

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Bieber is currently on a European tour, and will return to the U.S. in June to complete his Believe Tour.

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