Having been in the spotlight for 13 years already at the mere age of 26, it’s no surprise that Justin Bieber has had a tumulous relationship with fame and personal growth. After all, it’s not easy trying to find your own identity amidst the mass hysteria that drives fans, trolls and strangers alike to tell you different things about yourself to love, hate and change. The young Canadian singer is one of the world’s best-selling music artists (with 15 American Music Awards, 20 Billboard Music Awards, 21 MTV Europe Music Awards, a Grammy) but at heart, he is a young man who has lost himself over and over in the industry that both made and broke him.
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In the trailer for his upcoming project with Youtube Originals titled, ‘Next Chapter’ (his second, following ‘Seasons’ back in January of this year), Bieber got candid about the mental health struggles he dealt with growing up and how he’s moved forward with them. Bieber talked about how growing up in the spotlight affected his relationships with people:
And how that, in turn, affected him:
“I think that there was times where I was really, really suicidal. Like, is this pain ever going to go away? It was so consistent. The pain was so consistent. I was just suffering, right? So I’m just like, ‘Man, I would rather not feel than feel this.'”
In an older post on his Instagram profile, Bieber has opened up about how the shift from being in a small town in Canada to suddenly becoming one of the most recognised faces in the world changed the way he perceived and valued life – and not in a good way too.
“I didn’t have material things and was never motivated by money or fame I just loved music. But as I became a teenager I let my insecurities and frustrations dictate what I put my value in. My values slowly started to change. Ego and power started to take over and my relationships suffered because of it.”
However, there was light at the end of the tunnel and that light came in various forms. From the discovery of his faith to the friends that he’d made and, the lifelong relationship with his best friend and wife since 2018 – Hailey Bieber (née Baldwin).
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At present, Bieber is at peace with himself and his journey, sharing:
“I’m the most fulfilled, I feel the most stable, I feel the most secure, I feel the most confident […] I don’t feel like I’m striving. I feel like I know who God’s called on me to be, where I am, where I’m supposed to be. I’m walking in the plans of God. The assurance of that is amazing.”
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) October 30, 2020
Keep on growing, Bieber!
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