In a recent instagram post, Justin Bieber described openly his trials and tribulations involving depression, drug-abuse, religion and his rapid transformation from small-town child, to international superstar.
According to variety.com, in the revealing post, Bieber admits to suffering from depression, “It’s hard to get out of bed in the morning…when it feels like there’s trouble after trouble after trouble,” he wrote.
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“You start foreseeing the day through lenses of ‘dread’ and anticipate another bad day. A cycle of feeling disappointment after disappointment.
“Sometimes it can even get to the point where you don’t even want to live anymore. Where you feel like it’s never going to change.” He added.
Bieber also talks about the toll that fame can take on a young child, “Have u noticed the statistics of child stars and the outcome of their life,” he wrote. “There is an insane pressure and responsibility put on a child who’s brain, emotions, frontal lobes (decision making) aren’t developed yet.”
In the post Bieber goes on to talk about his acclimation into questionable behavior that started in his late teens, “so by this point I was 18 with no skills in the real world, with millions of dollars and access to whatever I wanted.”
“By 20 I made every bad decision you could have thought of and went from one of the most loved and adored people in the world to the most ridiculed, judged and hated person in the world.”
Bieber also admits that he was into “pretty heavy drugs” and “abused” his relationships. “I became resentful, disrespectful to women and angry.”
“Being on stage according to studies is a bigger dopamine rush than almost any other activity… so these massive ups and downs on their own are very hard to manage. You notice a lot of touring bands and people end up having a phase of drug abuse.”
The post eventually takes an upturn when Bieber talks about religion and his marriage to Hailey Baldwin, “Now I am navigating the best season of my life ‘MARRIAGE’ !! Which is an amazing, crazy, new responsibility,” Bieber wrote. “You learn patience, trust, commitment, kindness, humility, and all of the things it looks like to be a good man.”
Bieber ended the post by writing, “All this to say even when the odds are against you, keep fighting. Jesus loves you. Be kind today, be bold today and love people today, not by your standards but by God’s perfect unfailing love.”
According to the BBC, Bieber’s previous body guard Kenny Hamilton commented on the post, “Proud of how far you’ve come. We are all here to support you.”
Kyle Massey, who starred in the Disney show, “That’s So Raven” commented, “The point of view of a child star is one most people and media ignore,” he wrote on Instagram. “My family and friends are the only reason I’ve been able to keep my head on straight.”
“Mistakes were made but the truth is that you found your way back to a better place,” wrote one Instagram user. “I’m proud to be a Belieber.”
“I’ve always loved you, Justin, through everything, and always knew there was good in you,” another wrote.