Justin Bieber has officially been declared the “bad boy” of pop music by preeminent music publication Rolling Stone magazine.
The 19-year-old singer (who turns 20 on Saturday — happy birthday, brah!) is prominently featured on the latest issue’s cover in a classic Bieber pose: Shirtless, flexing his muscles and grabbing his crotch.
Although there is no interview to accompany the cover, there should be plenty of dirt, as the magazine is promising contributing editor Claire Hoffman’s investigation uncovers “events that would make the singer’s core Beliebers lose their faith.”
The five “shocking revelations” from the story that the publication’s website teases, however, are mostly things the internet has already seen and heard. Anonymous sources say the pop star’s dad, Jeremy, is a bad influence, they hotboxed an entire private jet with weed smoke together, Bieber dropped $75,000 at a strip club in Miami before his DUI arrest in January, and three authority figures in his life — Usher, Scooter Braun and Mrs. Bieber — all tried, and failed, to convince him to behave during an intervention that they insist was more of “a conversation.”
Oh, and Bieber cried once.
When the young singer broke down in tears after a 2010 concert, Braun reportedly said: “If you want the Michael Jackson career, you have to grasp that you are never going to be normal again.”
You also have to grasp your crotch a lot. But clearly, Bieber’s got that covered: