The singer, 27, revealed to Billboard that the reason he cancelled the last leg of his mammoth Purpose World Tour in 2017 was to head to regular therapy and reconnect with God to turn his life around for the better.
He explained: ‘I just changed my priorities so that I didn’t [become] another statistic of young musicians that ended up, like, not making it.
‘There was a time where I really did have my identity wrapped up in my career, but I really do have an overflow of feeling like my purpose is to use my music to inspire.’
Justin, who is Billboard’s latest cover star, had previously spoken about turning to drugs at his lowest point as a distraction from his mental health suffering and the pressures he faced from fame.
He added: ‘I can talk about that part of my life and not feel like, :Oh, man. I was such a bad person,” because I’m not that person anymore.
‘I also have done the work to know why I was making those decisions. I know where that pain was coming from, that caused me to act the way I was acting.’
He explained: ‘I think this is the first time in my life where I’ve actually enjoyed the process of releasing an album and that’s because I’ve created boundaries to be like , “No it’s just not worth it. You’re going to have to push the album back if we can’t make [that deadline] because this dinner with my wife is going to have to happen.”
‘Everything was about success, benchmarks and such, and then I was just still empty, you know? All my relationships were suffering, but I had all this success and all of this money, and it just wasn’t fulfilling for me.’
Justin Bieber’s full interview is available in Billboard.
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