Justin Bieber talked about the unbearable hardships he endured as a child star and his faithful recovery process in a brutally honest Instagram post on Monday. He took a screenshot of a long paragraph he wrote in the Notes app, discussing “a cycle of disappointment after disappointment” in his mental and physical health and how “by 20 I made every bad decision you could have thought of and went from one of the most loved and adored people in the world to the most ridiculed, judged and hated person in the world!”
He went on to discuss the “heavy drugs” he did at 19 and all the relationships he “abused” before he bounced back with the “extraordinary people” he said God blessed him with, hinting at his wife Hailey Bieber when he mentioned he’s in “the best season of my life ‘MARRIAGE’ !!”
From longtime manager Scooter Braun to artists he’s collaborated with like Ed Sheeran and Sean Kingston, the 25-year-old artist received an outpouring of messages in his Instagram comments from some of those extraordinary people who haven’t left his side.
See some of their messages below:
“Love seeing this so much man! Wow,” commented singer Cody Simpson, who collaborated with Bieber in 2014 on “Home to Mama.”
Miley Cyrus, who performed “Overboard” with Bieber at Madison Square Garden in 2010 while he was touring for My World 2.0, quoted lyrics from a Hannah Montana throwback, “True Friend”: “Friends from the beginning , here until the end!” Miley’s younger sister and singer Noah Cyrus also commented with three black-heart emojis.
From Bieber’s team, Braun shared a simple “Proud of you” statement and then posted a tweet on Tuesday (Sept. 3) suggesting some alternate headlines to the sensational ones that ran after Bieber’s posted his message.
Because of my own frustration with how the press gave headlines about @justinbieber’s statement on Instagram yesterday…I made my own. Yes these are fake but it is what I think should of taken place. @justinbieber I’m proud of you and your courage & your vulnerability ??– pic.twitter.com/Oxzaa0R5yA
— Scooter Braun (@scooterbraun) September 3, 2019
Sheeran posted a simple heart emoji for his “I Don’t Care” partner. Another artist Bieber sang with back in the day is Kingston, who’s featured on Bieber’s “Eenie Meenie” track from My World 2.0. “Wow thank u for the testimony.. I sure needed this … God bless u forever my lil brother,” he wrote. Maejor, who released “Lolly” with Bieber and Juicy J in 2013, which peaked at No. 19 on the Billboard Hot 100 that same year, posted, “Love u my boy.” Collaborator Juicy J also wrote, “God bless,” along with three prayer-hands emojis.
More artists voiced their support for the Purpose singer, including Akon who used the flexed-bicep emoji to comment on Bieber’s strength; Christina Perri, who wrote, “thank you for sharing this part of you”; and Lauren Jauregui who commented with heart and star emojis. Ryan Good, Bieber’s former road manager and so-called “swagger coach” who was featured in the Justin Bieber: Never Say Never documentary, wrote, “Love you for life. Proud of you.”
Other celebrity friends chimed in, such as Patrick Schwarzenegger who commented, “Great message brother” and Khloe Kardashian who posted, “This is beautiful!! Thank you!! We are so proud of you!! I needed this! God bless you always.”
Kyle Massey really related to the child-star portion of his message, as he played Cory Baxter in the Disney Channel sitcom That’s So Raven and its spin-off Cory in the House from 2002 to 2008. “This is so powerful. I experienced ups and downs in my life being a ‘celebrity’ and the point of view of the child Star is one most people and media ignore,” he wrote.
The comment continues, “It’s a blessing to be apart of a industry like entertainment and growing up in it is a dream. my family and friends are the ONLY reason why iv been able to keep myself true and down to earth and my head on straight. Thank you for this post @justinbieber this just uplifted my day. Thank you for the love you spread. The world needs more of you. Never stop believing.”