Justin Bieber timed his interview with GQ to coincide with the release of his new album. In the interview, Bieber says, “I don’t want to let the shame of my past dictate what I’m able to do now for people”.
He also told the magazine, “A lot of people let their past weigh them down, and they never do what they want to do, because they think they’re not good enough”.
The mega-star now equates his foolishness to being taken out of “normalcy” from a young age. He recalls a time when he and his friends hid his passport in order to miss an appearance on The Today Show. He says he was trying to do anything to “just be normal at that time”.
He was working a lot at a really young age and became very “sad”. He always believed his “purpose in life” was to sing, but yet he was still a kid. “You don’t have an identity yet and you’re trying to figure out who you are, and you have everyone saying how good you are, and how incredible you are.” He goes on to say, “you just start believing that stuff”.
Bieber says his darkest period was in 2017. He canceled his “Notorious” tour and he admits that his security guards had to check on him every hour to make sure he was “still alive” – referring to his drug addiction.
When the success didn’t make everything “good”, he turned to drugs to numb the pain of sadness.
Justin believes his marriage and his faith are the factors keeping him on track and keeping him happy.