Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Do You Know Justin Bieber's Manliest Moments
1. He treats his mom right. Justin is admirably protective of his mother, Pattie Malette, who was still a teenager when she gave birth to him. He hung up on a popular radio morning host when the DJ suggested that One Direction's Harry Styles might have designs on her (word is the British lad has a thing for older ladies). In addition to regularly singing her praises and buying her extravagant gifts, Bieber wrote an (admittedly sappy) tune in her honor, 'Turn to You," and released it for charity on Mother's Day in 2012.
2. He knows how to be romantic. Justin's been dating ex-Disney star Selena Gomez for over a year. Though Gomez doesn't like to discuss her relationship, she has admitted that he's a real romantic — the kind of guy who rents out the Staples Center to watch Titanic. Is there anything manlier than a guy who knows how to treat his lady with respect? We think not. Jax and Justin Bieber at the 2012 MuchMusic Video Awards.
3. He's comfortable with kids. Justin is a doting older brother to two half-siblings, Jazzy and Jax. Though he doesn't have a lot of time to hang out with his family, he makes sure to make the most of every return visit to Canada — he even took his little brother as his date to the 2012 MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto. The guy is clearly a great dad in the making, despite what you might think of his haircut.
4. He knows how to dress himself.
5. He's financially secure.
Bieber pulled in approximately $55 million between May 2011 and May 2012. That's way more than any UFC fighter will ever make over the course of their lifetimes. Sure, a significant portion of those millions were made licensing perfumes and dolls, but when you hit the $50 million mark, that barely matters. Yes, he still needs to work on how he handles unwanted attention — he can't go speeding down the PCH every time he doesn't want his picture taken. And sure, he looks kind of silly carrying heavy things, and we're not so fond of his taste in cars. But to say Justin Bieber isn't a manly man is to seriously underestimate his swagger. While Bieber has yet to establish himself as the paragon of masculinity, he's actually on the right track. Though he makes headlines for whipping his chrome Batmobile down California highways and allegedly shoving nosy photographers, he's actually leagues more mature than most full-grown men — none of whom have had to deal with puberty in the public eye. Justin Bieber has seen and done a lot of things since 2009, when he released his debut album My World and created a pop cultural phenomenon with each toss of his mop. Rolling Stone's latest cover story explores Bieber's position as the reigning man-child of pop, a superstar just barely out of his adolescence who's pulling in a lot of cash for a lot of people. Bieber, who turned 18 a few months ago, told the magazine, "I feel like I carry myself in a more manly way. I don't carry myself as a boy."