World-famous pop-star Justin Bieber has become increasingly more open over the past couple of years about his personal struggles, talking about his past with drugs, and his current mental health battle.
Recently, Bieber opened up to his 118 million Instagram followers about his drug abuse problem and the relationship with Jesus Christ that got him through it.
“It’s hard to get out of bed in the morning with the right attitude when you are overwhelmed with your life, your past, job, responsibilities, emotions, your family, your finances, relationships,” Bieber wrote.
“As my talent progressed and I became ultra successful, it happened within a strand of two years. My whole world flipped on its head. I went from a 13-year-old boy from a small town to being praised left and right by the world with millions saying much they loved me and how great I was.”
As his fame skyrocketed, Bieber was thrust into the spotlight, failing to learn basic things like responsibility because of his status.
“Everyone did everything for me, so I never even learned the fundamentals of responsibility,” the 25-year-old wrote. “By this point, I was 18 with no skills in the real world, with millions of dollars and access to whatever I wanted.”
“This is a very scary concept for anyone,” Bieber added. “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 quickly learned he was not cut out for the tour life, which wears a person down and started “doing pretty heavy drugs at 19.”
“I became resentful, disrespectful to women, and angry,” he said, adding that he even moved away from friendships that he once cherished.
Eventually, there came a turning point for Bieber. He met God in a place of despair and started to lean on friends and Jesus instead of temporary solutions like drugs.
“Luckily, God blessed me with extraordinary people who love me for me,” he said. “Now I am navigating the best season of my life ‘MARRIAGE’ !! Which is an amazing, crazy, new responsibility,” he shared. “You learn patience, trust, commitment, kindness, humility, and all of the things it looks like to be a good man.”
Ending his post, Bieber encouraged, “All this to say even when the odds are against you, keep fighting. Jesus loves you. Be kind today, be bold today and love people today, not by your standards but by God’s perfect unfailing love.”
The comments below the photo were filled with encouragement and kudos from the pop-stars friends and family.
“Wow thank u for the testimony. I sure needed this. God bless u forever my lil brother,” Sean Kingston commented.
“We love you brother and give you the best gift we have and that’s prayer, loyalty and love. Jesus loves us all even when we can’t reason or love ourselves and his love is unmatched! Keep pushing you got it and are inspiring those who feel similar to keep fighting,” Dani and Danna Lane commented.
“This is beautiful!! Thank you!! We are so proud of you!! I needed this! God bless you always,” Khloe Kardashian wrote.
Korie Robertson of Duck Dynasty even chimed in saying, “This is beautiful!! Thank you!! We are so proud of you!! I needed this! God bless you always.”
The Instagram post came following the singer’s decision to lead worship at friend Judah Smiths L.A. church over the weekend. You can watch his touching performance at Churchhome below.