Over the past few months, Justin Bieber’s been offering apologies to anyone willing to listen. He's sorry for abandoning his pet monkey, he's sorry for pissing in that bucket (well, he's sorry someone filmed it), he's sorry about that egg-throwing debacle. Whether or not you believe him, it seems to be working -- the general public is slowly warming up to him, possibly due in part to how open and honest he's been when speaking about his turbulent past few years.

In an upcoming cover story with NME, the "Sorry" singer said (via PEOPLE), "I feel isolated. You're in your hotel room and there are fans all around, paparazzi following you everywhere, and it gets intense. When you can't go anywhere or do anything alone you get depressed. I would not wish this upon anyone.”

Bieber says he relates to the late Amy Winehouse, and the way the media played a part in her tragic demise: "People see the glam and the amazing stuff, but they don't know the other side. This life can rip you apart. I watched the Amy Winehouse documentary on the plane and I had tears in my eyes because I could see what the media was doing to her, how they were treating her.”

He continued, "People thought it was funny to poke her when she was at rock bottom, to keep pushing her down until she had no more of herself. And that's what they were trying to do to me.”

He also tried to explain his rationale behind the countless legal infractions he's been involved in over the past few years, all of which made for perfect tabloid fodder. He says lashing out was his way of “rebelling against everybody and everything, and being a normal 19 year old.”

Bieber believes the main reason his actions made headlines was because of the way he was packaged as an artist: "It's because of the way the 'Justin Bieber brand' was portrayed. I was a wholesome pop star who was so amazing who had nice hair and a f—king image that no one could ever live up to. So when all this happened people were like, 'Woah, let's rip him apart.’"

Then, in a less self-aware turn, Bieber went on to compare his situation to Ryan Gosling and Mahatma Gandhi: "If you see Gandhi roll up a blunt, it's different to seeing Ryan Gosling roll up a blunt. You wouldn't give Ryan Gosling a hard time.”

Check out the full interview on NME when it comes out tomorrow (November 13).

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