Justin Bieber was only 13 years old when he was discovered on YouTube. Now at 25, Bieber is opening up the struggles he has personally faced since his early start to stardom. He admits to feeling pressured from a young age and that expecting a child to make adult decisions is wrong.
In an Instagram post, Justin revealed the intensity of his situation as well as admitting to heavy drug use.
He commented about the young rise to fame and how it affects more than just him, saying, “Have you 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.”
Bieber continued by addressing how "everyone did everything for me, so I never even learned the fundamentals of responsibility. So by this point I was 18 with no skills in the real world, with millions of dollars and access to whatever I wanted. That is a very scary concept for anyone."
In a method to cope with the pressure young fame put on his shoulders, Bieber turned to drug use. He stated, “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.”
Unfortunately, the use of heavy drugs by young artists is a common narrative in today's society. However, Bieber's testimony proves that not only does he have a grip on himself by admitting his flaws and plans to improve, but also that there is hope. Celebrities have publicly supported the 25-year-old, stating that his vulnerability can help save others.
In retrospect, we have seen Justin Bieber grow up behind camera lenses, social media, and concert tours. Growing up in the spotlight isn't easy. Luckily, Justin has people that help him get through it all, especially his wife, Hailey Baldwin.
We admire Justin's vulnerability and wish him and his wife all the best as they approach their formal wedding ceremony.