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Singer Austin Mahone loves living in the 954

 
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Rain check! Austin Mahone never wants to disappoint his fans (aka Mahomies). Alas, the teen heartthrob had to do just that last fall when he was forced to cancel his concert at The Fillmore after being hospitalized with a blood clot. Now fully recovered, Austin is “rested, doing great and ready to go,” the pop star said from his home in the Fort Lauderdale area.

For his Monday night sold-out show, at the same Miami Beach venue, the 17-year-old said audience members should expect serious fun.

“It’s gonna be really cool,” Austin says. “I have all my singles plus a few songs that I haven’t released yet. We’ll also do an acoustic set with guitar. There’s some new choreography, so I’m pretty excited.”

For someone who’s lived as short a life as he has, Austin has some pretty influential friends and collaborators. He’s already opened for Taylor Swift, recorded a song, MMM Yeah, with Mr. Worldwide Pitbull and headlined with Miley Cyrus at the 2013 Jingle Ball. “She’s really cool; a nice girl,” he says of the former Hannah Montana star turned wild child.

Unlike Miley or another young performer, Justin Bieber, Austin, who is home schooled, seems grounded. Could be that he has a unbreakable support system.

“My mom raised me. She is amazing and always there for me. I think she’s pretty proud.”

Though Mama Michele’s taste in tunes is a little different.

“I grew up in Texas and started listening to country music because she listened to it,” Austin says. “Then I started getting into R&B, hip hop and rock ’n’ roll. I’m more influenced by people T-Pain and like Mario and Drake now.”

Speaking of Drake, Austin says he greatly admires the rapper: “I think he is great — lyrically and his work ethic. He works really hard.”

So does Austin, who recently built a studio in his room. But in his rare moments of downtime, he swims, plays basketball and hangs out with friends, just like a regular teenager.

Except this “regular” teenager has 5.3 million Twitter followers and counting.

Though the singer can still go into a Starbucks and get some peace and privacy, he doesn’t mind getting approached. “I love all my fans,” Austin says. “That’s why I do social media so much. I want them to know what I’m up to and stay in touch. It’s all good.”

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