The 19-year-old singer opened up about his newest tour, Believe.
“For this tour we had a little bit more time to rehearse. Not much, but a little more time,” he shared.
Justin added, “I worked with Jon Chu, who actually did my movie [Never Say Never], and we designed the new stage together. He has really good visual concepts and he’s one of the most creative people I’ve ever met.”
The two musicians will join Pitbull, Lady Antebellum and others on the CBS special, which airs on April 23rd @7PM, two weeks before National Teacher Appreciation Week.
The Real Change, produced in association with Adopt a Classroom and sponsor Office Depot, combines celebrities with philanthropy and includes musical performances, interviews and more. The special will see the musicians — who will sponsor classrooms — go back to their hometown schools, introduce the teachers who inspired them and surprise deserving students and organizations.
Adopt a Classroom is a group that empowers teachers with the resources they need for their classes and increases their students’ chances for success.
The 19-year-old musician covers the glossy’s annual music issue and opens up about Twitter, his songs and spirituality. Check it:
On social media: “My Twitter is really nice. I have so many fans that I rarely ever see a nasty tweet. I don’t read YouTube comments because those can get you sad. I see so much stuff on the Internet, sometimes I just want to go to Twitter and just go after people. But then I just think twice: If someone is dissing me, I’m going to make this person way more famous by tweeting them.”
On his song “Yellow Raincoat”: “It started as a warm-up guitar riff—it’s got that Tracy Chapman meets Eric Clapton vibe. When I heard it I thought it was brilliant. In the studio, I said something that sounded like ‘raincoat,’ and I liked it. I was thinking of what I was going through. The raincoat is a metaphor for putting up a wall, not letting anyone affect what I do, because I know who I am and what type of person I am. It doesn’t matter what they say, I’ve got this yellow raincoat covering me.”
On his beliefs: “I think that’s part of the reason I’m here. Not just because I’m talented, but because God had a purpose for me to just help people. I’m spiritual … although I slept in [and missed] church yesterday. I haven’t been to church in so long, and I planned on going, and I slept in. I was upset. It’s all good. God forgives me.”
“Stuff that’s really not that bad is made a big deal,” Cody told E! News. “People like to do that about everyone. You just gotta deal with it. [You have to] be as sensible as you can. At the end of the day, we’re teenagers!”
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