Justin Bieber bravely opens up about taking "heavy drugs" at 19 in moving Instagram essay
3 September 2019, 12:12 | Updated: 3 September 2019, 12:16
Justin Bieber took to Instagram to explain his struggles with fame at a young age and how his drug use affected his relationship with Selena Gomez.
Over the past few years, Justin Bieber has gradually become more and more candid with his fans on Instagram. Whether the 25-year-old is sharing heartfelt declarations of love to his wife Hailey Baldwin on the social media platform or posting videos of him singing at church on his stories, he's become an open book.
After developing a bad boy image in his teens, Justin's used Instagram to show people who he really is and speak about issues which are important to him including anxiety.
Now Justin has written a personal essay about becoming famous at a young age and how he struggled with it.
Taking to Instagram (Sep 2), Justin wrote: "Have u noticed the statistics of child stars and the outcomes of their life? There is an insane pressure and responsibility put on a child whose brain, emotions, frontal lobes (decision making) aren’t developed yet. No rationality, defiant, rebellious, things all of us have to go through. But when you add the pressure of stardom it does something to you that is quite unexplainable."
Justin added: "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! Being on stage according to studies is the biggest dopamine rush than almost any other activity... so these massive ups and downs on their own are very hard to manage."
He then explained that these experiences led him to drug abuse and it affected his relationships at the time: "I started doing pretty heavy drugs at 19 and abused all of my relationships. I became resentful, disrespectful to women, and angry. I became distant to everyone who loved me, and I was hiding behind a shell of a person that I had become.
Read Justin Bieber's essay in full below.
Justin continued: "It’s taken me years to bounce back from all of these terrible decisions, fix broken relationships, and change relationship habits. Luckily god blessed me with extraordinary people who love me for me. Now I am navigating the best season of my life: “MARRIAGE!”
He ended the post writing: "All this to say even when the odds are against you keep fighting. Jesus loves you. BE KIND > BE BOLD TODAY AND LOVE PEOPLE TODAY NOT BY YOUR STANDARDS BUT GOD’S PERFECT UNFAILING LOVE".