"Not trying to be arrogant," he says in the February issue of Vanity Fair magazine, "but if I walked down the street and a girl saw me, she might take a look back because maybe I'm good-looking, right?"
Or maybe that girl would recognize you as an omnipresent international superstar. That's the likely reason she would do a double take. Not that wee Bieber isn't a cutie pie. We're not one of those Bieber haters whom he addresses in his VF interview.
"For younger guys, it's like (they think) they're not cool if they come to my concert. That'll (change), I think; it'll happen, maybe when I'm 18," he says, adding a last jab at the haters: "But meanwhile all their girlfriends are coming to watch me."
Bieber believes the haters are just waiting for him to mess up his life like so many of the teen stars who preceded him. He promises not to give them the satisfaction.
"I know I'm not going to make a life-changing bad decision, as some people have," he says. "I've seen it happen too many times. I could be my own worst enemy, but I don't want to mess this up."
He also wants to appeal to a wide audience, not just white preteen girls. He lists among his influences Tupac Shakur, Michael Jackson and Boyz II Men.
"I'm definitely influenced by Michael Jackson and Boyz II Men and people who were black artists -- that's what I like," Bieber says. It's a lot of pressure to be the next big thing, which is one of the reasons that Bieber says he can't fall asleep at night.
"I just turn over all night and think. My mind races. I think about all the things I didn't have time to think about during the day -- like family and God and things that should be more important," Bieber says.
To read the whole interview, grab the February issue of Vanity Fair.