Justin Bieber is saddened by his newfound reputation as a troublesome teen after a series of headline-grabbing incidents, insisting he is nothing like the "bad person" he's made out to be.
The Baby hitmaker is at the centre of a battery investigation after an alleged altercation with a male neighbour outside his Calabasas, California mansion on Tuesday (26Mar13), hours after returning home from a tour stop in Poland.
The singer is accused of verbally threatening the local resident and reportedly making contact with him, prompting the man to file a police report.
However, Bieber is adamant his growing reputation as a bad boy is undeserved because he never acts up just to cause trouble.
Speaking before the alleged altercation, the 19 year old said, "The biggest misconception about me is that I'm a bad person. I get upset about that. I have a big heart. I want to be a good role model, but some people want me to fail... I mess up sometimes. It's part of growing up... I'm young and I like to have fun. There's nothing wrong with that."
Bieber also spoke out to blame a bout of influenza for causing his stage collapse midway through a concert in London earlier this month (Mar13).
The teen superstar needed medical attention after fainting backstage during his 7 March (13) gig at the O2 Arena, where he was given oxygen before returning to the spotlight to finish the show, the third in a four-night residency. He was admitted to hospital immediately after the event for a check-up and was discharged shortly afterwards.
He struggled with breathing difficulties as he staged his final London performance two days later (09Mar13), and he has now revealed the health worries were all down to flu, but they had nothing to do with a bizarre gas mask he was photographed wearing while in the city.
He tells Us Weekly magazine, "I passed out from the flu. And the gas mask is a joke with my friends. We like to mess around."
The European leg of Bieber's Believe world tour was dogged with problems - in addition to the hospitalisation, he was embroiled in a spat with a photographer, and he hit headlines again earlier on Tuesday when he was photographed parading through an airport in Poland semi-dressed as he prepared to board a flight back to the States.