Justin Bieber Swears Off Swaggy Style In ‘The Hollywood Reporter’

Justin Bieber for ’The Hollywood Reporter.’
Photo: The Hollywood Reporter

Justin Bieber is NOT swaggy. And that has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that the 19-year-old pop star showed up for his interview with The Hollywood Reporter in a bright red onesie. Hey, a dude’s gotta be comfortable for a long, serious sit-down, right?

Despite the fact that some people (including Justin himself up until now) might argue that the Givenchy Pre-Fall 2013 plaid Doberman Pinscher sweatshirt he wears on the cover of the mag is the very definition of “swaggy” (see also: “awesome”), Bieber is no longer defining his look as such. “I’m very influenced by black culture, but I don’t think of it as black or white,” he says. “It’s not me trying to act or pose in a certain way. It’s a lifestyle—like a suaveness or a swag, per se. But I don’t really like to say the word [’swag’] anymore. It’s kind of played out.” Welp, that settles it. R.I.P., swag.

Justin Bieber for ’The Hollywood Reporter.’
Photo: The Hollywood Reporter

Regardless of what The Biebs says about the trendy word he once spoke as the truth, we can’t help but think that he looks pretty swaggy in the new Hollywood Reporter spread, which also features a few shots alongside long-time manager, Scooter Braun. Bieber broods (as Bieber does) and looks pensive in a seemingly plain, long-sleeve black crewneck shirt, accessorized by several tucked-in layered chains and his growing collection of tattoos.

Of course, if he had it his way, he wouldn’t be wearing a shirt at all. “Bring it back to the Marky Mark days, was he ever wearing a f****** shirt?,” Justin laughs. “I just don’t like shirts!” Hey, if Nicki Minaj, Rihanna and Mariah Carey don’t have to wear them, neither do you.

You can peep all the pics and read the full interview with Bieber and Braun over at The Hollywood Reporter.

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