Justin Bieber met with USA Today for an exclusive interview after the latest episode of 'Comedy Central Roast' aired on Saturday. Revealing to Marco della Cava that he has been focusing on "growing up" along with his soon-to-be-released LP, the child star seems to be taking all the recent influx of attention in his stride. When asked what was the turning point for his actions Bieber said:

"I had to see the downs to appreciate the ups, and know what I want. I'm the type of person who has to learn the hard way. Sometimes I just have to see what it feels like. But I got to the point where I wasn't happy, I wasn't who I wanted to be. Now, I'm around some pretty awesome people who are supporting me and have my back. So that's pretty cool."

Bieber also revealed that he has been working with Kanye West and the legend that is Rick Rubin on his upcoming album and that he has changed his whole direction in regards to writing.

"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. 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 is 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."