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Justin Bieber and his managerScooter Braun open up about the superstar’s controversies, struggles, mentors and influences in a wide-ranging cover interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

In his first extensive sit-down interview in nine months, The Biebs fires back at his haters.

“I don’t give a f***,” he tells the magazine.

Bieber elaborates, “Not ‘I don’t give a f—’ to just be reckless and do whatever, but ‘I don’t give a f— what they say.’”

He adds, “I know who I am and what I’m doing in my life and what I’ve accomplished and continue to accomplish as a performer, as a writer, as an artist, as a person, as a human being. I’m happy with the man I’m becoming.”

Braun expands on how Bieber and his team are choosing to ignore the flurry of negative stories that come with the intense scrutiny under which the singer lives.

“The rumors were coming so fast and furious that we couldn’t address all of them,” he tells the outlet. ”Say whatever the f— you want. Justin’s not going to go crazy. He’s not going to end up in rehab. He’s not going to end up a statistic. Nine months ago, they said he lost his mind — he hasn’t missed a show since. So we’re just going to shut up.”

Bieber knows that controversy sells, and that he is going to be used.

“When people see a negative thing about me on a magazine, they’re gonna buy it,” says the star. “Every time some site writes something bad, all my followers go on there, and it brings them more traffic. Now they have all the Beliebers on their site, which gives them money from advertisers.”

Bieber laments, “They’re just worried about money. They don’t care about ruining someone’s name.”

“I think his moments of anger come from his resentment towards the ridicule [and] of being judged for things, which a lot of times he hasn’t even done,” says Braun.

The manager notes, “He’s the only person in humanity who’s grown up the way he has — with smartphones and cameras on him 24/7. Another kid can go out and have a good night on the town, and no one gives a crap, but Justin is the most Googled person on the planet — for four years straight!”

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