In Bieber’s return to our cover, we pushed the envelope with our visuals to mirror what’s been going on in Justin’s real life.
The concept for the cover shoot involves Bieber as an escape artist, reminiscent of Houdini. He’s chained up and underwater, struggling to free himself.. sort of like how he’s had to persevere in his own personal and professional life after going through a bit of a rough patch.
Bieber was shot by photographer David Black and he wasn't without concerns about the potentially dangerous scenario.
At the end of the day, Justin is standing by his claims that he’s working to turn his life around from some of the poor decisions he made over the past few years. 
Check out the newest issue of Complex Magazine for the full interview with Bieber. There’s some interesting stuff in there.