Being one of the most famous people in the world comes at a cost: your happiness.
Just ask Justin Bieber, who says in the new issue of NME magazine he battles depression “all the time.”
“And I feel isolated,” he continues. “You’re in your hotel room and there are fans all around, paparazzi following you everywhere, and it gets intense. When you can’t go anywhere or do anything alone you get depressed. I would not wish this upon anyone.”
Bieber’s face is literally everywhere this week as he nears his Purpose release date slated for Friday (Nov. 12), though the album landed online prematurely. His stardom is at an all-time high, and he’s aware of the toll it’s taking.
He recalls watching 2015’s Amy documentary and can relate to the media crush.
“People see the glam and the amazing stuff, but they don’t know the other side. This life can rip you apart,” he says. “I watched the Amy Winehouse documentary on the plane and I had tears in my eyes because I could see what the media was doing to her, how they were treating her.”
Bieber (sort of) compares himself to Ghandi in the interview, claiming people set an impossible squeaky clean standard for him as a kid to live up to as an adult.
“If you see Ghandi roll up a blunt, it’s different to seeing Ryan Gosling roll up a blunt. You wouldn’t give Ryan Gosling a hard time. I just want people to know I’m human. I’m struggling just to get through the days. I think a lot of people are.”