Austin Mahone says he was bullied at school when he started posting videos on YouTube.
In his interview with Canada’s The Globe and Mail he said, “A lot of people in my high school thought it was a foolish thing to do. They said it was stupid and pointless. They said I’m never going to make it. I kept working hard. I was passionate about it.”
Asked about being dubbed a “Justin Bieber heir apparent” – the 17-year-old says he doesn’t mind.
“It’s definitely a compliment,” he acknowledged. “But I want to show that I’m an artist, too.”
He also admitted his goal for the future is to “Hopefully win a couple of Grammys and be on my own world tour.”
On Friday he will be speaking to thousands of fans on We Day on behalf of the Free The Children charity at the Air Canada Centre.
The teen shared, “I like to try new things, to travel. I get to perform, to meet new people.”