Justin Bieber opens up about his past bad behavior in a cover story interview with Seventeen magazine. It is the latest in what has become his series of apologies for the past year and a half which has seen his arrest, along with other legal entanglements.

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The 21-year-old teen pop music idol turned bad boy is now striving to turn over a new leaf. He has taken many occasions of late to express remorse and to assure fans and the public that he has changed. He began what became the apology tour — in lieu of a concert tour — earlier this year with his appearance on ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show.’ He also delivered a memorable and heartfelt speech at the conclusion of his recent Comedy Central Roast.

Now he tells ‘Seventeen’ magazine of his remorse for his behavior, saying, “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 went on to say, “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.”

The interview was conducted prior to his comeback performance at this year’s KIIS-FM Wango Tango which saw him deliver a crowd pleasing performance of some of his biggest hits. It was also, notably, his first concert appearance in more than a year and has lent some credence and validity to the talk.

He also spoke out about the backlash he has received on social media, saying, “For a while, I was busy looking at my Instagram likes, and if a post didn’t get a certain amount, I was like, ‘Aw, they didn’t like the photo.’ But there’s always a choice: You can let Instagram or stuff on the Internet affect your day, or you can choose to not be bothered by it.”

He also opened up about relationships in the aftermath of having dated fellow pop music star Selena Gomez and the very public dissolution that saw both of them penning and recording songs. He said, “I need healthy relationships with people I can feel safe with. People I can say whatever to, and I’m not going to be judged. In a girl, I want someone who’s confident in herself and honest. I have to find her very attractive and as someone I can see myself with for the rest of my life.”

It’s quite a contrast from his 2010 interview with the magazine which he gave at the height of his teen idol days (video below). Donning his previous Beatles-inspired haircut, he still had that proverbial fresh-scrubbed small town aura about him reminding us that he was plucked from obscurity thanks to his YouTube videos which had gone viral. It remains to be seen what happens in the future. Will we see an emerging, mature music artist or not?

See more of the interview, along with the Justin Bieber Seventeen magazine cover photo here.