Justin Bieber has explained that he doesn't "hate" all paparazzi... but some have called his family "ugly".
The singer is currently embroiled in a legal battle with one photographer, following an altercation earlier this year.
Speaking for his book Just Getting Started in an extract published by Sugarscape, Bieber said: "When someone is stalking you without a camera it is illegal, but if they are doing it with a camera it is somehow perfectly fine. I don't get that difference and I suppose I never will."
Justin poses for friendlier photographers (WENN)
He continued: "When the paparazzi are nice to me and respectful, I am never afraid to have a conversation with them. But it's not okay when they come at me aggressively and don't respect my space because they are looking at me as a product and not a person.
"There's a misconception that I hate the paparazzi - I don't, I simply don't like the aggressive paparazzi... Whenever you see me getting angry or upset in the media what you don't get to see on camera is how those people came up to me and said things like, 'Hey Justin, why are you such a punk lately?', 'Your mum is ugly', and, 'Your little brother and sister are ugly babies'.
"They literally yell stuff like that to try and get a rise out of me. Famous or not, saying terrible things about my family is completely unacceptable. And if they aren't going after my family, they're coming after me, swearing, saying the most horrible things ever, even calling me white trash - which is kind compared to the other things they've thrown at me. Nice - not."
PHOTOS: Did Justin get on with these paps? WE JUST DON'T KNOW.