Justin managed to get away from his FutureSex/LoveTour long enough to do a photoshoot and interview for the April cover of Details Magazine. He looks dapper, as usual, in the pics, but inside the article it's clear that some of the pressures are starting to get to him. A far cry from the doe eyed boyband star, Justin voices his frustration about the Grammys, the media, and the pressures of being a pop idol. Here are highlights:

  • On the tabloids: "I despise what they do. They create soap operas out of people's lives. [Britney and I] had our thing, and it's over. They edit that stuff like MTV edits reality shows. It's a spin game, and I choose not to take part in it."
  • On being considered the New King of Pop: "I tried so hard to be an R&B artist [with first solo album Justified] and it was the pop album of the year, and I was like, 'Fuck. That's the last thing I wanted but I was like, 'So everyone considers me a pop artist? Well, fuck it. I'm going to do whatever I want to do."
  • On surviving the boy-band apocalypse and becoming a man: "I could give you a bunch of analogies about why I'm still around that would sound like hippie self-help bullshit. 'I saw an opportunity and I took it?' Fuck you. Sure, there's a lot of luck involved. But on some level I have to believe in my ability. And I'm not apologizing to anyone. I worked fucking hard to get here."
  • On being used by the Grammys for ratings: "I'm the nice guy who follows through on the things he commits to. But I don't know if I'll be going through that sort of thing again. I feel like the Grammys used me for ratings. And look at it-they were up 18 percent."
  • Usually we've got nothing but love for JT, but he sure does sound a bit cocky (not to mention crabby) here. He clearly works hard and his talents are more than worthy of the attention he gets, but where's the sweet Southern boy who takes his mom to awards shows? And ripping on the Grammys? Careful Justin - don't bite the hand that feeds you!

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