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Justin Bieber has made a career of things happening to him too fast and too early, so why should we be surprised that he thinks he's already completed his redemption arc from bratty douche-prince to reformed, soulful sensitive man? The Biebs graces the cover of Seventeen magazine this month — and I can't tell if that's a step up or a step down from Men's Health — to talk all about how much he's changed. "I was rebelling a little bit. I was getting cockier and cockier. I didn't have people to check me. I looked back and I was disappointed in myself," he says, reflecting on his tumultuous 2014. "You have to own up to the mistakes. You have to say, 'I'm sorry if I've let you down.' I always want to be honest and let people know that those mistakes aren't who I am. Who I am is someone who really cares about people."


Here's the thing, though, Justin. The more you have to go out of your way to tell everyone how much of a jerk you aren't, the less believable it sounds.


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Speaking of cleaning up his image, Bieber posted an attempt at a sweet Mother's Day message to his mom, Pattie Mallette, saying, "If it wasn't for this woman, let's just say I would have had a way longer stupid phase." You know what's super-adorable? That he thinks that phase is already all over and done with.


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