Your dad was a former fighter. How psyched is he going to be when he sees this photo shoot?
JB: He loves that stuff. He and Mayweather have been talking. My dad loves fighting. He loves UFC and everything. So he’s going to be excited to see that.
My good friend’s son is obsessed with you. He’s four years old. It’s like, “Oh, Joe’s going to interview him,” and he doesn’t really get like, “Well, why can’t I go?” You know what I mean?
But now the photo shoot is going to come out, and it’s going to be you all bloody. Do you ever fear how it’s going to be received by young kids like that? Or do you think they’ll get it?
JB: I’m pretty sure young kids aren’t going to be reading this magazine. My things are targeted to the people who are going to get it. This is not for toddlers. I don’t think they’re going to go up to the shelf and pull it off [Laughs].
It’s a big departure from the V magazine cover. Scooter was talking about how you like to read comments online, and people were like, “Wow. That’s really feminine.” Did you think, like, “I did this. So now I have to do that”?
JB: Not really. I mean, every guy has feminine qualities. You’re raised by your mother and father, and so you get qualities from your mother and father. I was mostly with my mother, but I think the pictures turned out good. Whatever.
The comment that pisses me off so much is, 'Oh, get over it, Justin. You’re famous. People are going to take your picture. Just suck it up. You’re rich. You’re making a lot of money. Suck it up.'
But this cover is going to be dope.
JB: Yeah. This is going to be dope. It’s some different type of stuff. It’s boxing, bloody, manly stuff.
Obviously, you and Selena are fodder for the gossip blogs everyday. How hard is it to keep your relationship private?
JB: It’s so hard, because everyone’s got a camera-phone, and now everyone wants to get their picture on the blogs. So they’ll send anything that they have to the blogs. So you don’t really get any privacy. If I want to go out to eat, if I’m in L.A., I just have to expect that there’s going to be someone there. That’s the only thing that I don’t like.
Is it tough for you guys? A lot of people like, hate it. Do you guys hate it, or is it like, “This comes with the territory, we’ve got to deal with it, it sucks?”
JB: I’m kind of both. I don’t like it, but I understand it. I’ll be covering my face or something, and the comment that pisses me off so much is, “Oh, get over it, Justin. You’re famous. People are going to take your picture. Just suck it up. You’re rich. You’re making a lot of money. Suck it up. This is one of the things that you have to do.” I’m like, “Yo I just got off an eight-hour flight. I’m tired. My eyes have bags under them. I’m not trying to take pictures.” I’m not going to come to your house, wake you up out of a deep sleep and start snapping your picture, no matter how you look right now. It doesn’t matter. When I get off a flight, I’m not trying to sit there and let them take pictures of me. I’m tired. I’m scratching my eyes. I just don’t like taking pictures in general.
There’s been high profile couples in history: Justin and Britney, Jay and Beyoncé. Jay and Beyoncé kind of kept it private. Everyone knew they were together, but they kept it quiet. Even with the kid, they kept it so under wraps. Do you learn anything from those relationships? And do you guys talk about that?
There’s no way to hide it completely, because then it would be unfair for us. Then, we’re not even able to have a relationship.
JB: Yeah. I mean, for me, it’s like, there’s no way to hide it completely, because then it would be unfair for us. Then, we’re not even able to have a relationship. It’s like, “You take this car, and I’ll take this car, and then we’ll meet up at the spot. Then, you go in this door, I’ll go in this door. We’ll end up crossing ways. You get back in this car. We’ll cross over, do a James Bond. You go through the kitchen. I’ll go through the back area. Then we’ll meet in the dressing room and see each other.” At that point, it’s like, it’s not even a relationship. You’re just hiding from everyone. That’s unfair and unhealthy, man.