Justin Bieber turned 18 on March 1 and already it seems like he is doing his very best to distance himself from his squeaky clean teen image. On the cover of April’s Complex magazine, Bieber appears bloodied and battered.
“That’s right, the world’s biggest pop star is 18 now, and he’s through being your punching bag,” reads a promo that introduces a video on the magazine’s website.
It shows a tuxedo-clad Bieber getting beaten to a bloody pulp in a boxing ring by a big burly opponent who he then smashes over the head with a wine bottle. He’s also nursed by a bathing suit-clad coach who is definitely not Selena Gomez.
So is this the guy equivalent of showing a little skin or pole dancing (a.k.a. Miley Cyrus’ big image shift upon coming of age) to prove you’re all grown up now?