Justin Bieber let his tears flow freely while introducing his forthcoming album at a private album playback event in Los Angeles on Thursday (Jan. 25).
After being introduced by Def Jam chairman Paul Rosenberg and longtime manager/SB Projects leader Scooter Braun, Bieber entered a room of music industry insiders with a hockey stick clutched in his hand. He took the mic to introduce his first full-length since 2015’s Purpose and launched into an extended, heartfelt speech about the problems he had faced growing up in the industry, the gratitude he felt toward those that had supported him, and the newfound sense of peace he found with his wife Hailey, who was in attendance.
“I don’t even think I should be alive,” Bieber told the audience while recounting a “super challenging” period in his life. “I feel like God’s brought me out of a really dark place.”