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Bieber tells Canada he misses 'ice caps' and ketchup chips

Justin Bieber gestures during a press conference in Toronto to plug his new documentary "Never Say Never."

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Justin Bieber is still just a regular kid who misses Tim Hortons and doesn't let "haters" get him down, the 16-year-old singing sensation said on Tuesday at a press conference in Toronto, where he was promoting his new movie.

"I'm just a regular teenage boy living my dream and having a lot of fun," he said.

Even though he is growing older, Bieber said he doesn't fear that he will ever outgrow his fans.

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"I'm growing up as a person as well as an artist, and I think my fans are growing with me."

Born and raised in Stratford, Ont., Bieber said there are a few things he misses most about Canada, including ketchup chips and Big Foot candies, along with Tim Hortons.

"I miss Timmy's. I miss my Iced Capp."

In Toronto to promote Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, a new documentary about his life that hits theatres Feb. 11, the young singer said he is not bothered by critics.

"There's people that aren't going to like me," he said, adding that "haters" will be able to see from the movie that, like him or not, he has earned his success.

"I worked really hard to get here," he said.

The press conference was held on the same day the Juno Award nominations were released. Bieber received four nominations: artist of the year, album of the year, pop album of the year and a fan choice award.

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Asked for his reaction to the nominations, Bieber screamed, "Yeah, Juno, we're bringing 'em home!"

But he will not be attending the ceremony.

"I wish I could, but I already have commitments with my fans overseas who haven't had the chance to see me," he said.

While Bieber was talking to media at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel, hordes of his young fans were braving freezing temperatures outside Much Music, waiting for a chance to get a glimpse of the mop-topped heartthrob when he arrived there later.

For Bieber, it's all about the fans. Before the press conference at the Royal York got started, he requested that a group of young girls waiting outside be let in to watch. Then, near the end of the event, Bieber asked if one of those fans could be given the opportunity to ask a question.

A very young girl stared at the Biebs and, suppressing her Bieber fever well enough to articulate words, asked, "Will you marry me?"

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It's not the first time he's heard that one.

"I get that question at least once a day," he said.

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