What scares your parents the most about this career and your celebrity status?
They are scared about me losing my childhood and throwing some memories away that I'd otherwise have as senior year memories. [My mom] says she doesn't want me to regret this 20 years down the road. But if it's your time, it's your time. God put me here for a reason. I'm supposed to be doing this and using music in a positive light. If I do that, there will be no regrets.
How about getting used to all the rumors that inevitably come with celebrity, particularly about your love life? Are you able to laugh at them, or do they annoy you?
I just brush that stuff off. I don't pay much attention to it. I have a saying back home: "Short hair, don't care" ... and I have short hair, so it's all right. The public wants to know about your personal lives. I don't get too upset about it. I wish I had something to talk about! [laughs]
What's been the weirdest thing about fame?
The recognition. It's wild walking down the streets and people saying your name, or trying to go to dinner and someone recognizing you. They appreciate your music and tell you stuff about helping you out through [real-life situations], and that's cool to hear. I just go up and sing songs and hope someone can be touched by it.