Justin Bieber is ready to get back to the music.
In a lengthy chat with USA Today, the singer opened up about a number of subjects, including what his next album is shaping up to sound like thanks to the assistance of Kanye West and Rick Rubin.
Bieber noted that he’s currently finishing up his next release, having scrapped another album that didn’t reflect his current life journey.
“It’s changed everything. My whole direction has changed. What you are thinking about all the time is what you write, and now that I’m thinking about more positive things, it completely changes my music,” he said. “I had to re-do my whole (new) album. It was done but it didn’t match up to where I am now and where my head’s at. I want to tell my story, but I also want to give people hope. I lost hope for a while, I was in a dark place, but it’s about getting out of that rut. It’s about knowing there’s sunshine on the other side.”
He further teased that the album will reflect where he is now at 21. “About growing, being in touch with yourself. What can I say, it’s life experiences, and knowing that you can and get back up and keep going,” he said. “Hope and faith, that’s what’s gotten me through this too, my faith. What I believe in. You’re around some people sometimes and it might taint what you believe. I think that’s what happened with me, I lowered my beliefs.”
Not only is Bieber growing up in his music, but also in his personal life. He said that he’s recently changed the people he’s hanging out with when he’s not in the studio, and that includes getting back to “100 percent” with Scooter Braun and that he’s “getting better now” with mom Pattie Mallette.
“Yeah, I left a lot of people behind who weren’t on the same journey I was on, and I’ve got a lot of new people in my life who are pouring into me, and not taking away from me,” he said.
Bieber also confirmed that he’s single these days.
“Well, at this point in my life I’m so focused on myself that I’m not looking for a girlfriend. I’m just trying to make sure I’m 100 percent so I can add to the person I want to be with,” he said. “I want a girl I can trust, who I can lean on. This business is hard, and I want someone I can confide in.”
This article originally appeared on Billboard.com.