Justin Bieber sure isn’t a Scrooge, but he isn’t an Old Saint Nick believer either.
In an interview with AOL, the 17-year-old superstar said he never believed in Santa growing up, and his mother was the reason why.
“My mom always told me there wasn’t a Santa,” Bieber said.
He defended his mother’s logic, saying it was her strong faith in Christianity that pushed her to tell her the truth instead of the childhood fairytale.
“She thought if I grew up knowing about Santa then finding out he wasn’t real, that it would be like she was lying to me. And then when she told me about God, I maybe wouldn’t believe her,” he said.
Despite his mother being “straight-up and honest” with him growing up, the “Under the Mistletoe” singer said he never ruined Christmas for his friends.
“I didn’t tell my friends or ruin it for anyone,” he said. “I was a good kid!”
For Christmas this year, Bieber will be spending time with his mother on Christmas Eve and heading over to his father’s for Christmas Day to spend time with his younger brother and sister, Us Magazine reported.
As for his own Christmas wishes, he said he hopes people will listen to and enjoy his new Christmas album.
Justin Bieber performs on The Today Show.