Justin Bieber Breaks Silence on Nude Photos: "I Feel Super Violated"
He also celebrates his first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1: "To have a Billboard No. 1 is really special because it's like everything added up together."
Since nude photos of Justin Bieber surfaced last week, the singer has stayed silent on the issue — until now.
In an interview with Access Hollywood that will air on Monday, Bieber broke his silence on the pictures, which show him standing naked on a balcony while he was on vacation in Bora Bora. "My first thing was like…how can they do this?" Bieber says. "Like, I feel super violated. Like, I feel like I can't step outside and feel like I can go outside naked. Like, you should feel comfortable in your own space… especially that far away."
While he clearly takes it seriously — his team even issued a cease-and-desist letter insisting that New York's Daily News remove the photos from its website — Bieber still made light of the matter: "That was shrinkage for me," he laughed.
Bieber has a lot to celebrate musically: His next album, "Purpose," arrives in November, and he just achieved his first No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 with "What Do You Mean?" last month. "I've been around for so long that people thought that maybe I had a No. 1 already. And I've had No. 1s, like No. 1 on iTunes and stuff, but to have a Billboard No. 1 is really special because it's like everything added up together," he said. "I debuted at No. 1, and I think I'm the youngest person to debut at number one, which is pretty awesome."
He was, indeed, the youngest male artist ever to debut at No. 1.
This story first appeared on Billboard.com.