Justin Bieber: From boy to manbiebs

The freshly minted adult gets a grown-up magazine cover -- how'd he do?

May 16, 2012|By Dana Moran | RedEye

In case you missed the memo, Justin Bieber is now a man. No, no, there was no ritualistic ceremony -- unless you count his cover story in the June issue of GQ magazine, that is. The days of Tiger Beat and Seventeen are gone. (Are the kids still reading Tiger Beat?) So, just how manly IS the Bieb these days? We scoured the profile to see whether he's made the jump to adulthood, and ranked his antics from boyish to all-man. Yep, we're pretty mature ourselves.

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He (presumably) draws penises on things!

The evidence: While waiting (and waiting, and waiting) for Bieber to arrive, the reporter notices a male member drawn all over the wall. When he asks a sound engineer about it, the man leaps up to erase them with his sleeve. Way too late, dude.

Verdict: 1 -- Yup, penises on things are still funny.

He's still tiny!

The evidence: The reporter notes Bieber seems at least 5 inches shorter than his reported 5-foot-9 stature -- and about a hundred pounds soaking wet. Bieber also tells the reporter he's backing out of a previously discussed boxing match because "I didn't want to get my [bleep] kicked."

Verdict: 1. College basketball players lie about their size too, dude. Then they go eat a lot of meats.

He's never on time!

The evidence: Bieber postponed his interview twice, and the reporter ends up waiting two and a half days to speak with him.

Verdict: 2. On the one hand, plenty of adult males seem to run on some sort of mystical man-time -- but that doesn't make it classy.

He's got a foul mouth!

The evidence: The reporter recounts a scene in which West Coast Customs arrives with Bieber's newly tricked-out van. Bieber likes what he sees -- and immediately disses the competition: "[Bleep] Platinum. Platinum can [bleep] a [bleep], man. West Coast all day."

Verdict: 3. File this one under "Things You'll Use In College."

He's had a drink!

The evidence: When the reporter asks about getting wasted, Bieber has his answer all ready: "For me, it's just like, I like to be in control of myself. I mean, I've had a beer, like, before. ... But I never get out of control."

Verdict: 4.5. He seems to know how to handle himself -- or at least convince a reporter. Very mature, Biebs.

He defends ladies!

The evidence: While they're in the studio, Bieber's posse starts ragging on Kim Kardashian's large posterior. "You guys are so mean, bro," he says "... People say she doesn't do anything; she actually does do stuff. ... She works hard."

Verdict: 5. It takes a real man to stick up for -- not make fun of -- the sisters Kardashian.

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