The pop star’s vulnerability can inspire millions.
There’s only a handful of people in the world who can relate to the extreme rise to fame that Justin Bieber experienced. Superstardom provided Bieber with fast cars, big homes and girls, but it also stole the typical childhood most of us cherish. Almost overnight, Bieber became so incredibly powerful and globally influential that his sense of normalcy became unrelatable for you and me. Bieber is very aware of that disconnect, and it haunts him. So much so that the 25-year-old has put his career on hold for the foreseeable future to focus on healing his mind. Fame practically shattered JB, but he’s picking up the pieces.
In 2015, Bieber revealed he was “struggling to get through the days.”
“You get lonely, you know, when you’re on the road. People see the glam and the amazing stuff, but they don’t know the other side,” he said.
Two years later, things got worse. Bieber cancelled the remainder of the Purpose Tour because he wanted his “mind heart and soul to be sustainable.”
“I’ve learned the more you appreciate your calling the more you want to protect your calling,” he wrote. “Me taking this time right now is me saying I want to be SUSTAINABLE… so that I can be the man I want to be, the husband I eventually want to be, and the father I want to be.”
In other words, I’ve been working my entire goddamn life.
Bieber came through on one of those promises. He married Hailey Baldwin and hasn’t released a solo song in the time since. His presence in pop music is sorely missed, but the time to resurface remains distant. One would expect a newlywed to be at their happiest, but Bieber is still very much feeling the aftershocks of his successful adolescence.
Paparazzi chase the Biebs’ every move despite the singer pleading to be left alone, and the pictures are often heartbreaking. On many occasions, the paps photographed him crying in public. If his face isn’t buried in his hands, Bieber looks exhausted, disheveled and anxious. There were even whispers Bieber was dealing with a substance abuse issue. It’s not clear what demons he’s fighting, but whatever it is Bieber is getting help for it, and was vulnerable enough to tell us.
Cut to March 2019, Bieber posts a photo on Instagram of him, manager Scooter Braun and Kanye West (one of the only other male popular culture icons to speak out about his issues with mental health) in a prayer circle and said he’s “struggling a lot” and feels “super disconnected and weird.”
People confirms Bieber is currently seeking treatment for depression.
“Justin is still receiving treatment on both coasts, but is doing okay,” a source tells them. Bieber has a “team of professionals who are helping him navigate what he is dealing with” and is “very, very focused on getting better. He wants to be in a great place for his own and Hailey’s sake. He is still confident that he will get there.”
Baldwin appears to be a solid support system for Bieber. In a new interview, the supermodel opens up about the importance of self-care. “I think your mental health should be number one, and it falls to the side of lot,” Hailey said, and she couldn’t be more right. There’s still a stigma surrounding mental illness… why? Because God forbid our Instagram feed shows people who we actually are. We’re people that struggle with life’s curveballs, but do so behind-closed-doors. Meanwhile, Bieber’s crises are splashed onto the Internet for gawkers to berate, and the times he tries to insert himself into culture he’s hounded for selfies and autographs.
In a separate post on the Gram, Bieber says he has plans to make a new album, but not before getting his mind right.
“So I read a lot of messages saying you want an album,” he said. “I’ve toured my whole teenage life, and early 20s, I realized and as you guys probably saw I was unhappy last tour and I don’t deserve that and you don’t deserve that, you pay money to come and have a lively energetic fun light concert and I was unable emotionally to give you that near the end of the tour. I have been looking, seeking, trial and error as most of us do, I am now very focused on repairing some of the deep rooted issues that I have as most of us have, so that I don’t fall apart, so that I can sustain my marriage and be the father I want to be.”
He added: “Music is very important to me but Nothing comes before my family and my health. I will come with a kick *** album ASAP, my swag is undeniable and my drive is indescribable his love is supernatural his grace is that reliable…. the top is where I reside period whether I make music or not the king said so. but I will come with a vengeance believe that.”
Major props to Bieber for not only speaking out about his mental health, but getting help to protect it. He has the capability to inspire others to do the same.
The finer things in life, millions of albums sales, a king of social media, none of it matters without mental fitness. Bieber’s reach splashes beyond the worldwide web. His journey of self-discovery could be an example of how resilient the human spirit is. There’s a lot on his shoulders, but if anyone knows what the weight of the world feels like, it’s Justin Bieber.
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Just wanted to keep you guys updated a little bit hopefully what I’m going through will resonate with you guys. Been struggling a lot. Just feeling super disconnected and weird.. I always bounce back so I’m not worried just wanted to reach out and ask for your guys to pray for me. God is faithful and ur prayers really work thanks .. the most human season I’ve ever been in facing my stuff head on..