The soon-to-be 18-year-old singer says he's "not a kid anymore," but doesn't feel "completely grown-up." However, he's still going to remain true to what he believes in.
"I'm not going to try to conform to what people want me to be or go out there and start partying, have people see me with alcohol. I want to do it at my own pace," he says. "I don't want to start singing about things like sex, drugs and swearing. I'm into love, and maybe I'll get more into making love when I'm older. But I want to be someone who is respected by everybody."
As for the trajectory of his career, Justin is setting the bar high. "I consider Michael Jackson the best. If I could be at his level... But I've got a lot of work to do," he explains. "I'm not saying it's going to happen within the next three years. But hopefully by the time I'm 30, people will remember me."
He continues, "I think people will remember me at this point, but I don't want people to just think of me as a teen sensation. Because I could probably just sell out, and then in two years not put out another album, and just become Justin Bieber the teen superstar. But I don't want to be that. I want to transition, and become the greatest. "
Justin's V Magazine issue is on newsstands now. To read more from his interview, visit vmagazine.com.