Justin Bieber Drinks (a Little)

By Valerie Tejeda 05/17/12

The 18-year-old pop princeling drinks beer, but never gets "out of control," he assures us.

He doesn't get twisted—and don't twist his
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While many pop stars conceal their substance abuse, especially if they're underage, it’s refreshing to hear Justin Bieber’s not-so-shocking confession: he drinks beer—but without getting out of control. The underage icon, who's just 18 years old, opened up—a little—in an interview with GQ Magazine about his habit of boozing without letting it get out of hand. "For me, it's just like, I like to be in control of myself," he said. "I mean, I've had a beer, like, before... But I never get out of control." Apart from this earth-shattering revelation, The Beeb was as guarded as usual in his interview—perhaps wisely aware that anything he says can be taken out of context. "Right now, I have to think two seconds in advance, like, 'What am I gonna say?' But I try my best to moderate what I'm gonna say, to say it so I don't make any mistakes," he acknowledged, "so people aren't, like, twisting my words." The singer refers to himself as a “swaggy adult”—young people tell The Fix that this means he has swagger—but faced some trying times last year, when a fan named Mariah Yeater filed a lawsuit claiming he was the father of her child. Bieber pledged then that incidents like these will not take over his life: “I know I’m going to be a target, but I’m never going to be a victim."

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Entertainment journalist and author Valerie Tejeda spends her days reporting on books, television, and all things pertaining to pop culture, and spends her nights writing novels for teens. Her stories have appeared on a variety of different publications, including but not limited to: VanityFair, MTV, The Huffington Post, TeenVogue, She Knows, Latina, The Fix, Salon.com, Cosmopolitan, and more. You can find Valerie on Linkedin and Twitter.