Jon Chu, who directed Justin Bieber’s latest documentary Believe – as well as his earlier film Never Say Never – is proud of the 19-year-old pop star and believes his movie shows the real Bieber.

Jon Chu On Justin Bieber, ‘Believe’

Over the last year, Bieber has been making headlines for all the wrong reasons – partying, prostitutes, graffiti, neighbor disputes – you name it. Chu, who has gotten to know the singer over the years, says not to take everything read about him as truth.

“I think a lot of it is press hype. He’s not as crazy as everyone thinks he may be from those headlines,” Chu told Uinterview exclusively. “But also, he’s not as perfect as he may portray himself to be. I think the two together just makes him human. I think that that’s what’s fascinating about how I know him and how we try to show that truth in our movie. Inside, he has a really great foundation. He’s a really great kid.”


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Since Chu knew Bieber during his younger days, around when Never Say Never was made, he’s seen the evolution of a global phenomenon. Along with Bieber’s success has come a maturity and an evolved relationship with his manager Scooter Braun that Chu witnessed first hand. There’s a particular moment of this evolution that was captured in Believe.

“I love this moment at the end [of Believe] when Scooter and him are in the kitchen. They start talking about how this past year has been tumultuous – even for their own relationship,” said Chu. “Justin being 19-years-old, they’re more on equal grounds and Justin puts his arm around him and it’s really an interesting moment because he’s no longer this kid.”

Believe is slated for wide release on Christmas Day – Wednesday, Dec. 25.

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