Debby Ryan Tells American Cheerleader: ” I Was Obsessed” With Justin Bieber (Pics)

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With peeps like Selena Gomez and Miley Cyrus exiting Disney Channel, it was only right that a new “it girl” be crowned and that new girl is…Debby Ryan.  She’s about to star in a new Disney show called Jessie and unlike on Suite Life, she’s the entire focus of the show. And just to give a little more proof of Debby’s rise to fame, she’s American Cheerleader‘s October 2011 cover girl. No big.

Catch highlights from Debby’s interview (she claims she discovered Bieber!) and peep some gorg pics from the shoot!

On a tiny rumor that she was the first Belieber: “It’s true! I write a music blog and I’m kind of a YouTube creep. So, I saw this little kid singing “With You” by Chris Brown and I was obsessed with him. I thought he was super precious and very vocally talented. I ran around on [Suite Life] set with my iPhone showing people Justin Bieber. Everyone was like, “Oh my gosh, he’s amazing!” A couple months later his music video with Usher came out and I was like, “No fair!” It’s just so cool to watch the whole thing happen.”

On being Disney’s new “It Girl”: “Even before the Selena’s and Demi’s and Miley’s, there was Hilary Duff and Shia LaBeouf. And sidenote—I love Raven’s career. But I feel like instead of them setting standards, it’s sort of like they’ve carved their own paths. For me, I’m all about longevity. I’m just trying to create my own little venue.”

On whether or not she got hate from Suite Life co-star Cole Sprouse’s fans: “Initially I did. Some people were like, “Who’s this new girl?” Now I get the sweetest messages from Cole fans like, “We wouldn’t let anyone date Cole, except you!” They’ve totally welcomed me into this whole Sprouse fandom, which is cool. I was actually the first “Suite Life” cast member on Twitter, and kind of influenced the guys to get on there, so people are really happy about that.”