We're sure Austin doesn't regret posting those cover videos. They are what got him discovered and turned him into a VMA-winning superstar, after all. He realizes now that bullies targeted him for standing out.
The best part? All the people who made fun of him in school now want to be his BFFs. #Typical. However, Austin remembers when they weren't so kind back before he was opening for artists like Taylor Swift. That's why he says he wouldn't want to go back to high school for prom.
His advice for other teens dealing with bullies is to surround yourself with good, positive friends that lift you up instead of bringing you down. The "Mmm Yeah" singer lives and travels with three of his best buddies. Watch the video above to hear about the crazy pranks he and his pals pull on each other.
Austin also gave us all the details on his new EP, The Secret, including how he looked to Backstreet Boys as a musical influence to turn slightly older ladies into Mahomies. (We're not complaining!) He also spilled five big secrets, including how to get his attention on social media.
How do you deal with bullies? Let us know in the comments below and get Austin's debut release, The Secret, on iTunes now, plus catch him on tour this summer.