Justin Bieber opens up about Selena Gomez to Oprah before breakup

Justin Bieber might have opened up to Oprah Winfrey for a tell-all interview that aired Sunday (Nov. 25) as part of "Oprah's Next Chapter," but their chat wasn't the most up-to-date exploration of the life of the 18-year-old pop star. Since he and Oprah filmed their interview, Bieber and his girlfriend, Selena Gomez, broke up, making Bieber's comments about how much he likes Gomez and how "she's one of the most genuine people" become a little awkward.

"I never make her separate from me because I never want her to feel like I'm ashamed of her," Bieber explains to Oprah of why he and Gomez were always together when paparazzi swooped. "I feel like a lot of guys do that, especially in the business, they don't want to be seen with their girl, so they make them ride in separate cars and do all that getaway stuff. If we get away, we're getting away together at least."

He also addresses the various death threats Gomez got when the couple first started dating, saying, "People are mean and people say mean things, but at the end of the day I have to be happy. I can't be single my whole life. I think the fans know that. They know I can't be single. They're upset because it's not them, of course. If I could be with everybody, all of the fans, I would, but I can't. I'm just one."

As for why Bieber decided that Gomez was the person he wanted to date, he says, "I am all about really genuine people, and I feel like she's one of the most genuine people, you know? She just has a good heart and I can talk to her about anything."

A teaser for the "Oprah's Next Chapter" interview showed Oprah telling Bieber he should rethink his plans to be married by 25 (though it's unclear whether she actually convinced him to steer clear of that path) but at least he isn't baby crazy yet. Bieber admits that he wants "a handful of children," but isn't "ready" to be a father yet.

"You just feel sometimes you need someone to be there with you," he says, adding that he only has three close friends. "Some days you've gone through, you have pain in your heart because maybe you haven't dealt with that. Some days you're depressed and you don't know why because you haven't dealt with it."

Speaking of babies, Bieber explains why he responded to Mariah Yeater's claims he was the father of her child and even agreed to take a paternity test, despite there being little to no evidence that her claims about him being her baby daddy were correct.

"I know, that's crazy. So many stories," Bieber says. "I didn't want it to go on any longer. I saw that no one was believing it, and then I felt better."

It turns out that Bieber is okay with all the fame that comes along with being a teen pop star as long as people take him seriously as a musician. His explanation of what it's like being a heartthrob is one of the most endearing and honest moments of the entire interview.

"Being a teen heartthrob is fun and I love the screams and the girls thinking I'm hot and stuff that's not a bad thing, but I want it to be about my music. I want people to respect my music," he says. "This isn't a gimmick."

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