It was a worldwide event on the Nov. 25 installment of "Oprah's Next Chapter," when Oprah Winfrey interviewed pop superstar Justin Bieber in what the queen of talk called "the biggest interview" she's done since her 1993 sit down with Michael Jackson.
In this OWN global exclusive, nothing was off topic -- not even Bieber's then-relationship with former Disney princess Selena Gomez. (The two reportedly split earlier this month, although they've been spotted together since.)
Here's what Justin Bieber had to say about fame, his fans, and his future plans.
The fame gameBieber wasn't just a YouTube wonder. While Usher signed him on soon after the tween's homemade videos were discovered on YouTube, the 18-year-old pop star told Winfrey of his early days pounding the pavement and visiting radio stations to try to get them to play his music.
While he knows he has his share of critics ("There's a lot of Justin Bieber haters out there," he said), he told Oprah he plans to stay true to himself.
"There's a lot of people who are waiting for me to mess up because a lot of teen stars do," he said. "They make that mistake of getting into drugs or alcohol." Bieber regards his talent as a gift and credits his Christian faith with keeping him grounded.
Oh his present day superstar status, he said, "It's definitely not normal, and there's so many sacrifices that I've had to do, but at the end of the day, I've been able to do so much."
One less lonely boy"I really don't have a lot of friends," the teen idol told Oprah. "I have three close friends that I'll fly out to see me or that I'll iChat with or call. I get days where I'm just down and gloomy."
For two years he's had Selena Gomez on his arm to help fill the friend void. "I am all about genuine people, and I feel like she's just one of the most genuine people," Bieber said. "She just has a good heart. And I can talk to her about anything."
Bieber admitted that some of his fans were angry when he started dating Gomez in 2010, and he acknowledged that his lady love even received death friends from frantic fans. "People are mean, and people say mean things," he said. "But at the end of the day, I still have to be happy. I can't be single my whole life."
Married with childrenBieber's mom, Pattie Mallette, gave birth to him when she was just 18 years old -- the same age her famous son is now. While Bieber told Oprah he "can't imagine having a baby right now," he did dish on his future marital plans. He wants "a handful" of kids and admitted that he wants to be married by the age of 25.
But the never-married Oprah promptly headed him a warning: "Rethink that, will you? I think 25 is too young. And particularly for you. Because your whole 20s is about discovering who you really are, and you owe that to yourself, particularly because you are in the business that you're in."
The easily swayed Bieber replied with: "Yeah, I mean, you are Oprah. And you're telling me to not get married at 25; I should probably listen to you."
A few of his favorite thingsForget Oprah's Favorite Things! Sunday was all about Bieber's faves. He told Oprah he has a celeb crush on Beyonce, and his list of favorite things includes the albums Boyz II Men's "II" and Michael Jackson's "Thriller," the restaurant T.G.I. Friday's, and the television shows "Smallville" and "Friends." He clearly likes French fries -- that's what he noshed on during his chat with Oprah at Chicago's upscale RL restaurant -- and his favorite cereal is Crunch Berries. Oh, and there's one thing he really, really wants but hasn't gotten yet: A Grammy.
"Oprah's Next Chapter" airs on Sunday night at 9 PM ET on OWN.
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