Scooter Braun on Justin Bieber's Comeback: 'The Only Person Who Deserves Credit' Is Him

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Justin Bieber may be back on top (actually, he's higher than before thanks to his first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1), but longtime manager Scooter Braun doesn't want to take any of the credit.

"I see people pointing, saying what a great job I did orchestrating his comeback,” Braun tells Billboard in our new cover story about the 21-year-old pop star. "I’ll be frank. I failed for a year and a half. He shut himself off and went into a dark place. Every single day I tried to help him turn it around, and every single day I failed. And I tried desperately. The only person who deserves credit for this is Justin."

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Braun -- who also manages Ariana Grande and Carly Rae Jepsen -- says Bieber's wild period left him worried and confused.

"I couldn’t go to sleep during that time," Braun says. "Every night I was wondering, 'Is something going to happen?' I turned to my own dad and asked, 'What do I do here?' He said, 'You just got to be a rock.'"

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For Bieber's thoughts on his tabloid headline-making days, including how it affected his relationship with his mother, read the full Billboard cover story here