Justin Bieber on His Drug Abuse, Mental Illness & Lyme Disease Battle

Carla Harmon
February 4, 2020

The Canadian singer is giving admirers access to some of his most intimate personal history in episode 5 of Justin Bieber: Seasons.

Last year, the 25-year-old Canadian took a break from music to fix "some of the deep-rooted issues", but announced before Christmas he will return in 2020 with a new album and USA tour.

Bieber revealed his relationship with drugs began when he first smoked marijuana at age "12 or 13".

Speaking about the seriousness of his addiction, Bieber said: "I was, like, dying".

"There was a time when I was sipping lean, I was popping pills, I was doing molly, shrooms, everything", he said.

Scooter Braun, Bieber's longtime manager, called ages 19 to 21 his "dark period".

Bieber announced the series back in December, right before he also revealed he was suffering from Lyme disease. I have never heard that safety in a family. I never had that consistency.

Justin Bieber has said his drug use in his younger days became "legit insane scary".

He said: "My security were coming in at night to check my pulse". In the docu-series' newest episode, the "Yummy" singer got real about what it was like suffering through his addiction problems and Lyme disease in the spotlight.

Speaking to his wife Hailey Baldwin in the docu-series, he revealed he stopped because "it was legit insane scary" and he thought he was "dying".

He claimed that the drugs helped him "escape" from his popstar reality, but he now relies on anti-depressants to help him 'get outta bed in the morning'.

After going through a lot and feeling that he has started to value wrong things, the "Sorry" singer chose to change himself and get sober because his addiction was getting really "serious" and people were not aware of how bad it was affecting him.

He credits hyperbaric oxygen therapy to relieve stress and his work with brain disorder specialist Dr. Daniel Amen to help undo a decade of la-la-land. I left the pills but never went to the root of everything, so I just went around what most people do. "There're young people making decisions that affect a lot of people and sometimes in those scenarios, you're gonna make the right the right decision, sometimes you're gonna make the wrong".

With an album set to be released this year and an upcoming tour, Bieber hopes to be the best version of himself, with the support of his wife Hailey Bieber. "I'm committed to getting better and committed to doing whatever I have to do, whether it's inconvenient or not, because I know ultimately it's not only for me", he states.

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