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Justin Bieber prioritizes mental health

by Zach Wagner - Staff Writer
Wed, Apr 3rd 2019 03:00 pm
Exhausting fame Justin Bieber performs for fans at a concert.  After being in the limelight since he was 12, Bieber's mental health has taken a hit. He has cancelled his next tour and has publicly said that he will now take time off to focus on his mental health and recover from the damage that years of depression has inflicted on his psyche.
Exhausting fame Justin Bieber performs for fans at a concert. After being in the limelight since he was 12, Bieber's mental health has taken a hit. He has cancelled his next tour and has publicly said that he will now take time off to focus on his mental health and recover from the damage that years of depression has inflicted on his psyche.

From winning the hearts of teen girls everywhere to his infamous haircut, singer Justin Bieber has had a career for the ages at just 25 years old. 

In 2007 at the young age of 12, Justin Bieber was discovered on YouTube by Scooter Braun, a former marketing executive of So So Def Recordings. Over the past 12 years, Bieber has been able to make himself one of the most well-known musicians in the industry.

Throughout his career, Bieber has released four studio albums, headlined four tours and has even made some appearances on the big screen. According to CelebrityNetWorth, throughout all his work, he has been able to accumulate a net worth of $265 million. 

Like any young star, Bieber has managed to find himself in hot water during his career. According to CNN Entertainment, 2014 was a year full of trouble for the popstar. He was ordered to complete 12 weeks of anger management and work five days of community service after he was found guilty of egging his neighbor’s house in Calabasas. 

He was also charged for a DUI in Miami in January 2014, where he ended up pleading guilty to reckless driving and resisting arrest. A $50,000 donation was made to a youth charity as part of the plea deal. 

In a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight (ET), Bieber opened up about a drug addiction he suffered from in 2014.  

“Drugs put a screen between me and what I was doing,” he told ET. “It got pretty dark. I think there was a time when my security was coming in late at night to check my pulse and see if I was still breathing.” 

Bieber claims he has been clean since 2014, but has battled with mental issues since. In 2017, he cancelled the last 14 shows of the Purpose World Tour. 

 “I got really depressed on tour, I haven’t talked about this, and I’m still processing so much stuff that I haven’t talked about,” Bieber said to ET. “I was lonely. I needed some time.”  

 On March 25, 2019, Bieber took to Instagram to announce he is stepping back from music for a while to focus on his mental health and his family.

 “I am now very focused on repairing some of the deep rooted issues that I have, as most of us have, so that I don’t fall apart, so that I can sustain my marriage and be the father I want to be.” Bieber shared on Instagram.  

 Although Bieber hasn’t released music since his album, “Purpose,” in 2015, this comes as a shock to many fans who were expecting music this summer from the Canadian singer. Fans must now wait patiently as Bieber steps back to focus on his personal life. 

 In my opinion, I respect Bieber for taking the time to give his wife and family the attention they need as he moves into his adult life. Ever since he surfaced in the late 2000's, he has been very loyal to his fans, delivering hits on almost every album.

Being a person who has dealt with mental health issues, I partly think he’s making the right choice stepping back. Another part of me thinks that diving into music will help him resolve some of the issues, which seems to be the trend in most modern music. As a fan of music, I would love to see Bieber make a strong and healthy comeback so he can deliver content to the fans. 

The wait for new music will only be worth it for me if he comes back with an album discussing his mental health issues. It will be interesting to see Bieber transition from a love-struck teen to a seasoned adult talking about serious issues. 

In the world of music, especially hip-hop, a lot of the artists on the rise are just teenagers. An album from Bieber could be a source of guidance for stars growing up in the spotlight and how to deal with it as they transition into adulthood. 

As Bieber grows into an adult, I hope he can be a role model for artists all over who struggle with drug addiction or mental issues. 

Justin Bieber has definitely left his mark on the world of music. No matter what happens, I am certain he will go down as one of the most influential artist of this generation. 

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