The Grammys can draw out a lot of emotions from musicians, but when it comes to Canada’s own Justin Bieber he may need a little reminder to “Love Yourself.” The 25-year-old singer broke down at a listening event in West Los Angeles on January 23 ahead of this weekend’s musical celebration and the release of his anticipated new album, the first in five years. There, he got raw and opened up about his battle with depression.According to Variety
, he spoke in front of a few hundred people: “I don’t even think I should be alive, never mind thrive,” he said, while explaining that he had been “hurt by the industry” and “the people” who work in it while growing up. But Bieber didn’t get into the specifics. Instead his voice cracked as he thanked those who have stood by him, like his manager and God.“You walked me through a lot of s**t,” the “Yummy
” singer said to manager Scooter Braun before adding, “There’s a power in weakness. [My creative work] is a reflection of that… thank you for loving me at my worst.”[video_embed id='1883595']RELATED: Is Justin Bieber returning to Carpool Karaoke for a third time?[/video_embed]Biebs further proved just how far he’s come by going on to thank everyone close to him, including his creative team and of course his wife Hailey, who is just as used to the spotlight as her husband at this point. She even shares the stage with Bieber in the upcoming YouTube docu-series Justin Bieber: Seasons
, which drops on January 27 and follows the singer’s journey to put together the new album.
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“I love you with all my heart … and I’m so proud of us,” Bieber was reported saying.It all seems like a look at what’s to come in the 10-part series, in which Bieber further opens up about his mental health and reveals he went through a slew of medications until he was eventually diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2019, which wife Hailey took to Twitter to further unpack.
The disease, which is caused by a tick bite, has been shown to cause psychiatric symptoms
, including anxiety disorders and depression.Bieber announced a musical hiatus last May to focus on his health and family; this album marks his official return to the game.[video_embed id='1799582']Justin and Hailey Bieber share photos from their second wedding[/video_embed]