Justin Bieber Shows 'Manly' Side on 'Rolling Stone' Cover (Video)

"I don't carry myself as a boy [any longer]" the pop star said in a story marking his second appearance on the front of the magazine.

Justin Bieber is on the cover of Rolling Stone once again, but there’s a major difference between this time and his first appearance 18 months ago. The pop star is now officially a man—at least in the eyes of the law and by his his own estimation.

"I feel like I carry myself in a more manly way," Bieber said in the July 20 cover story. "I don't carry myself as a boy."

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The magazine is playing up that theme too, declaring Bieber is “hot ready legal” on its cover. 

The cover story features details gleaned during a week the author spent with Bieber, and includes a tale in which Bieber dealt with paparazzi on a golf course by hitting a ball at them. He reportedly told the golf club "we'll probably never play here again."

The story also features analysis from Bieber manager Scooter Braun on the prospects and perils of the teen’s public relationship with Selena Gomez. Some have worried Bieber is hurting his career by having a girlfriend.

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"Personally, I think that's all a bunch of bullshit," Braun said. "Yes, there's gonna be some girls that if they see him with a girlfriend, it kills the dream – but there's also gonna be girls that see him with a girlfriend, hear about the romantic things he does and want him even more."

Bieber has previously spoken about his album Believe as being his opportunity to cross over from teen heartthrob to adult artists. Last month, he told Today host Matt Lauer the album was “about proving people wrong and going out there and making good music and going out there and performing better than everyone else."