From the gas masks to his ever-growing shirtless appearances, Justin Bieber has come under fire as of late for his increasingly troubling behavior. Reacting to the criticism, the 19-year-old attempted to assuage fans' worries in a recent interview with Us Weekly.
"I'm young and I make mistakes. That's part of growing up," explained the Biebs. "I mess up sometimes. It's part of growing up."
In regards to a memorable snap taken by a paparazzo on February 28, Bieber said, "I still had part of my tour wardrobe on and was rushing into my hotel."
As for the times he's been seen sporting a gas mask, the singer explained that the stunt was just a gag and meant to be taken as fun.
"I wanted to hide my face from all the cameras," he said. "They got it as a joke. My friends and I like messing around."
Bieber, however, did not go into recent accusations of battery stemming from an altercation with his neighbor on Tuesday. Instead, the 19-year-old defended his character from so-called detractors.
"The biggest misconception about me is that I'm a bad person," he revealed "I get upset about that. I have a big heart. I want to be a good role model, but some people want me to fail."