Justin’s shocking Confession:
It’s hard to believe that it’s been nearly 10 years since Justin Bieber posted his very first cover video to his Kidrauhl YouTube channel. In the time since then, his life has played out for the whole world to see — from his triumphs to his poor decisions, and everything in between. And today, as Justin travels the world on his Purpose World Tour, he’s had time to reflect on his past. In doing so, he has discovered one thing that has so often been his downfall: stressing too much about making everyone happy. “The pressure of meeting people’s expectations of what I’m supposed to be is so much for me to handle and a lot on my shoulders,” he admits. “I never want to disappoint.”
“People don’t even say hi to me”
Growing up in the spotlight, that pressure to be perfect was one that Justin often felt he had no choice but to accept. Recently, however, he has put his foot down to make a change for himself: He’ll no longer pose for photos with fans in the street or at meet and greets. What does this have
The reason Justin is making major life changes — in his own words.
to do with the pressure of fame? Well, just let Justin explain. “I’m done taking pictures [because] it has gotten to the point that people won’t even say hi to me or recognize me as a human,” he admits. “I feel like a zoo animal, and I wanna be able to keep my sanity.”
For Justin, every time people run up to him, putting a camera in his face, it’s as if they’ve forgotten he’s just a normal guy who’s going out to grab a bite to eat or hang out with friends. And the more it happens, the more he feels like he’s losing a bit of himself. “I want to make people smile, but not at my expense,” he shares. “I wanna enjoy life and not be a slave to the world and their demands of what they think I need to do!”
“Meet and greets make me depressed”
Truthfully, Justin knows that his decision may come off as selfish, and the last thing he wants to do is disappoint his fans. “I love the fact that I am able to make people happy,” he shares. “But if you were in my position, you would understand how tiring it is.”
Choosing to avoid the negative feelings he’d get after posing for one too many photos, Justin made the difficult decision to just cancel his backstage meet and greets all together. “I enjoy meeting such incredible people but I end up feeling so drained and filled with so much of other people’s spiritual energy that I end up so unhappy,” he opens up. “I wish it wasn’t so hard on me.”
He says he’s even noticed that the after-effects of his meet and greets have a serious impact on his mental health. “I always leave feeling mentally and emotionally exhausted to the point of depression,” he confesses.
“I want to stay in a healthy mind set”
Through all of these difficult decisions, Justin has found the positive side to it, and he really hopes his loyal Beliebers will too. “I’m going to keep making decisions I feel are fit for my growth and no human being will make me feel bad for it,” he says. “I can’t tell you how sorry I am, [but] I want to stay in the healthy mind set I’m in to give you the best show you have ever seen.” A great show and a happy Justin? That’s one winning combination we can definitely get behind!
“I think it’s smart and will be the only way I last,” Justin says of the new boundaries he’s setting.
They bond over creativity! Rory Kramer is the man behind the photos and videos of JB on tour, and his “Company” music video! “Over the past year I’ve gotten to know him and see his creative side,” Rory says of Justin. Martin keeps it real! Martin Garrix is one of Justin’s best friends.
The two recently went on a road trip, and Justin said it “one of the best nights of my life,” calling the musician a “#realfriend.”