Justin Bieber opens up about the Next Chapter in his life for his brand-new YouTube Originals documentary.
In the 25-minute doc — which was released Friday (Oct. 30) as a follow-up to his February docuseries Seasons — the pop star updates fans on what he’s been up to in quarantine and how he’s healing himself mentally, spiritually and physically while getting struck with the creativity to make impactful music, like his recent singles “Holy” and “Lonely.”
As someone who has clearly grown and learned a lot about himself in this tumultuous year, Bieber spreads a lot of wisdom and moments of realization throughout the documentary. See below for the nine most revealing moments from Justin Bieber: Next Chapter.
1. Sustaining a healthy marriage with Hailey Bieber
Justin and the model tied the knot in September 2018, and just like any normal couple, a marriage needs to be constantly worked on. Thankfully, their boundless love for each other outweighs any stress from the issues that 2020 has dealt.
“Her and I have really big lives,” Justin said of his marriage pre-quarantine. “Hailey is such a driven person, I’m such a driven person and so it allowed us to take a step back and focus on each other. That was actually really a beautiful thing.
“Hailey really empowers me and enables me to feel like Justin,” he continued. “I love you for you, you are enough, and that enables me to go into my workspace and be confident and feel like I’m enough. I feel like we’re just learning how to navigate the relationship. I mean, we’re now two years in.”
Looking back at footage from their South Carolina wedding in 2019, Hailey added, “We both really enjoyed our wedding, we had a lot of fun. I always think if we were to have done our wedding in the place we’re in now as opposed to then or even the year before that, what would have been different, and I just think that both of us continue to just become healthier people from that moment forward.”
“We continue to show one another that you’re my priority,” Justin concluded. “You continue to show me I’m your priority, and I think time, like you continue to say, shows that. It allows us to continue to see each other’s heart and see, OK, this person has my best interest and we’re building a life and we have something to look forward to.”
2. The true way to receive fulfillment
“It’s not stuff, success, things, it doesn’t bring the fulfillment that we think,” Justin explained of his past lifestyle. “It’s relationship, it’s true relationship. Real secure people add value to people. Real secure people uplift people. Real secure people lead with love and humility. That’s what we want. We want our friends and our family to have that disposition towards us.
“I want to be the type of person and leader to tell people, ‘You don’t have to put on a front. You don’t have to act a certain way. Who you are is enough,'” he continued.
While showing scenes of rehearsals for Saturday Night Live, Justin explained his relationship with “Holy” collaborator Chance the Rapper. “I wanted to make something that was going to be empowering,” he explained. “Chance and I’s hearts align in what we want to accomplish. Both of us are in a place in our lives that we want to show this message of hope.
“I just have this hope in my relationship with God, I have this hope in my relationship with my wife. ‘The way you hold me feels so holy,’ it’s talking about that significant other,” he continued. “A lot of people who may come from a broken family or might come from a family that they’re like, ‘Oh, now I don’t want to get married because of XYZ.’ And it’s like, if Justin can do it, if Chance is talking about how beautiful this unity is, then maybe I can do it, you know?”
4. Justin’s moment of positive realization
Perhaps one of the sweetest moments in the documentary is a scene where Bieber and Chance are chilling outside on a patch of grass, and the “Love Yourself” singer ponders the beauty of aging.
“Yeah, it’s the fact that it’s definite, like, you don’t un-age, you know what I mean? You continue,” Chance replied.
“I was thinking the other day, I was really like, ‘I’m in the best place in my whole life, right now,'” Bieber proclaimed. “I’m the most fulfilled, I feel the most stable, I feel the most secure, I feel the most confident. I feel so just at peace for the first time in my life. I don’t feel like I’m striving. I feel like I know who God’s called on me to be, where I am, where I’m supposed to be. I’m walking in the plans of God. The assurance of that is amazing.”
Bieber’s vulnerable track “Lonely,” and its accompanying music video, sheds light on the dark and difficult times behind the veil of fame and fortune. “I was so surrounded, millions of people in the audience, but I still felt lonely, I still felt misunderstood, I still felt hurt,” Bieber explained. “I actually teared up in that video when I was watching Jacob Tremblay, who is an incredible young actor, playing me. I just had no idea what was to come.”
He went on to reveal that the hateful comments and negativity affected him more than he let on. “Hurt people hurt people,” he said of his past persona.
While re-watching the video with his team, his creative director Ryan Good shared, “We’re looking at it as, like, ‘Wow, that sucks. I’m sorry you went through that, for real.’ So, he was in the booth the other day for the acoustic, and he couldn’t get the words out and he broke down and cried. Our conversation before that was like, ‘Have you actually spoken about what this song actually means to you?’ And you hadn’t.”
6. Bieber admits to past suicidal thoughts
In the thick of his suffering, Bieber admitted that “there was times where I was really, really suicidal. Like, man is this pain ever really going to go away? It was so consistent, the pain was so consistent. I was just suffering, right? So, I’m just like, man, I would rather not feel this than feel this.”
Thankfully, his relationship with God allowed him “to have this overwhelming confidence.”
In a conversation with Scooter Braun, the manager opened up by sharing that if he could go back in time, he “would’ve had you in therapy, day one. Having someone separate from all of us to talk to and express and everything, but I was 25.
“There’s so many tragedies that could have been avoided, but then by the end, I’m like, ‘There he is, though. I know that person, I know you. And I’m like, ‘Well, this is a celebration,'” he continued on a more positive note.
Bieber shared the uplifting sentiment by adding, “I just would encourage people, like, ‘Hey, if you’re feeling lonely, talk about it. Say it out loud.’ There’s a freedom in that. I could have avoided a lot of pain.”
7. Eddie Benjamin
Bieber made clear that the focus in this next chapter of his life is helping people. Eighteen-year-old rising singer-songwriter Eddie Benjamin makes an appearance, and the duo sing an acoustic version of JB’s My World 2.0 hit “That Should Be Me.”
“You said to me, I want to have Eddie Benjamin be a part of this, because he’s the next generation, and I wish I had a mentor,” Ratner tells Bieber, and the scene shifts to a candid discussion between the two singers.
“How did you deal with this immense pressure from such a young age?” Benjamin asked Bieber, who admitted, “Well I just say that I didn’t handle it very well for a while. I think I let the insecurities and the fears kind of win in a sense. I felt like everyone wanted to have control over my life. I felt like there was so many people who wanted me to be something so I rebelled against that. I wanted to go the complete opposite way.”
“How did you deal with the opinions and differences in creative choices?” Benjamin followed up, and the veteran star had some great advice.
“There’s going to be people who come around who just want to take, take, take, take, take,” Bieber said. “And if you’re looking at the people who are just taking, you don’t want to listen to their opinion. You’ve got to listen to people who are feeding into your life and giving you. I would just encourage you to listen to those people, because you have so much ahead of you, bro. I’m so excited to watch your journey. I’m so excited to watch you blossom into this incredible artist.”
8. Desire to help people
Bieber expanded on his new passion by sharing, “It becomes an actual honor and a privilege to help people. There’s such a fulfillment there. I want to show the good stuff, I want to show the bad stuff. Right now, it happens to be a really special, good season. I don’t feel like we ever arrived, I don’t feel like I’m finally there, I just feel like I want this to last. I don’t know what’s going to come next. If I can use this gift to help people, that’s just what I want to do.”
9. Trash can discussion
OK, so this one isn’t revealing, per se, but the hilarious moment at the end of the doc is a sweet testament to the inner circle that Bieber has had since day one — and how much that circle loves him no matter how gross he can be.
“I’d like to readdress the doughnut,” Allison Kaye says while they watch a scene of a young Biebs grabbing a pastry out of a box in the garbage and eat it. “It didn’t touch anything, it was in the box,” Bieber quipped.
“It was disgusting,” Kaye says. “Guys, we’re in the middle of COVID and you’re still going to fight with me?”
That’s when things got heated. Bieber gets up and points to the TV, where the box of doughnuts is seen atop the other garbage in the bin. “What’s the difference? It was sitting on the top layer, in a box. This is an edge that’s up, edge, everything is in the box still. If it was in the garbage, I could see where that would be a problem. “
After Kaye claps back, JB tells her to “grow up.”
“Grow up? You’re the one eating doughnuts from the garbage!” she concluded.
Justin Bieber: Next Chapter reunites Bieber with Seasons director Michael D. Ratner, who also executive produces through his OBB Pictures. The documentary was produced by Bieber Time Films, SB Projects and OBB Pictures. Justin Bieber served as an executive producer. Scooter Braun, Allison Kaye and Scott Manson served as executive producers for SB Projects and Michael D. Ratner, Scott Ratner and Kfir Goldberg served as executive producers for OBB Pictures.