OK. There’s a picture of you giving the finger with Selena.
When we see that, we’re like, “Good for him.” But it’s tough, because younger people might be like, “What is that?” Is that push and pull kind of tough?
JB: It is tough.
Especially at this age, because you’re growing up. You’re doing things where someone like me is going to say, “Good for him. That’s dope.” Other people are going to be like, “What is that?” You know what I mean?
JB: Yeah. In that scenario, I was just tired. It was my birthday, and they were snapping pictures. They wouldn’t even let me drive the car. So, yeah. But I mean, I know I probably shouldn’t have done that. At the end of the day, it was what it was. I’m not hiding from anyone. I am who I am, and I’m not perfect. I don’t want to give these kids the wrong impression. If they learn that from me, that’s not good.
There were a lot of teen stars that were very cookie-cutter... I’m just being me.
But at the same time people my age...
JB: Respect it?
Yeah, we respect it.
JB: There were a lot of teen stars that were very cookie-cutter. You didn’t see them really do that. I get that. I’m just being me.
Rebellion is something that’s going to open you up to older fans. As you get older, do you feel like rebelling even more?
JB: No. Everybody grows up and they have to make decisions, and they try and make the best decisions that they know how to. It’s taken them their whole lives to finally step out and start making their own decisions. I was taught very well. My mom raised me very well, and so did my dad. I’ve been very blessed to have great parents that cared about me... But also, I’m still rough around the edges. I grew up with not a lot of money, and just played sports my whole life. So you develop the sports-mouth with all of your friends. So that’s also another thing, just growing up like that, but also having good morals. That’s something that I was always glad that I had, because if I grew up with a lot of money, where everything was just handed to me, I feel like those are the people that, a lot of time, grow up to do worse things. Or they’ll start in a business really young, like eight or something, through all their schooling. I went to school my whole life. I got to experience that. All they experience is their home school, and when they hit 18, they just want to lose control.
People think it’s cool living a sheltered life, but the minute they get out...
JB: They start going crazy, drinking every day. That’s what happens. If you get exposure to other stuff, that’s where the difference is.
My parents were very young when they had me. They were still growing up and learning themselves. They did the best they could, but my mom and dad split up when I was little... So that kind of made me stronger.
How did your parents’ relationship shape you? What did you learn from it?
JB: My parents were very young when they had me. They were still growing up and learning themselves. They did the best they could, but my mom and dad split up when I was little. So it was tough for them, because they had to work on their relationship. Then, trying to raise a kid through that was hard. So that kind of made me stronger. Everything happens for a reason. There’s a lot of people that I know wouldn’t be able to handle the position that I’m in right now. They wouldn’t be able to handle it, because it’s just too much pressure.
Dude, flying to France in a day and back to New York, and then coming to Miami, I was like, “What am I doing?” That’s every day for you.
JB: Yeah it’s really hard, because you’ve got to travel every day. But I’m made for this, I feel like.
You’re built for it. Most people your age have their first cigarette or whatever. Do you have friends around your age who are doing that?
JB: None of my friends smoke. I’ve never smoked a cigarette in my life.