Canadian star and global phenomenon Justin Bieber gets candid on the latest installment of Justin Bieber: Seasons, a 10-part YouTube docuseries that has been chronicling his return to the studio.
“I was young, like everybody in the industry and people in the world who experiment and do normal, growing up things,” Bieber said, according to Yahoo! News. “But my experience was in front of cameras and I had a different level of exposure. I had a lot of money and a lot of things, so then you have all these people around me hanging on and wanting stuff from me, knowing I was living this lifestyle that they also wanted to live.”
In the episode, entitled the Dark Season, the 25-year-old said he started using cannabis when he was 13 and quickly became dependent on the drug to help him cope with the pressures of his sudden fame. Cannabis gave way to harder drugs and the pop star said he began binging on ecstasy and magic mushrooms.
“I was waking up in the morning and the first thing I was doing is popping pills and smoking a blunt and starting my day,” he said. “People don’t know how serious it got. It was legit crazy scary.”
At his low point, Bieber said his security team would check his pulse and make sure he was still breathing during the night.
The singer’s career began when he was discovered on YouTube at the age of 13. His early years were highlighted by the global success of hits such as Baby and Boyfriend, and global criticism for his many brushes with the law over allegations of assault, vandalism and driving under the influence.
The docuseries provides a window into the young star’s life, including how he uses an oxygen chamber to treat his anxiety and depression and how his wife, Hailey Bieber, helped him get clean. The model told him she couldn’t be a part of his life until he got sober.
Bieber was diagnosed with Lyme Disease last year, and while it was hard news to hear, he said it was a relief to know what was wrong with him and to finally start taking better care of himself.
“I’ve abused my body in the past and now I’m just in the recovery process,” he said, according to MTV. “I’m committed to getting better because I know, ultimately, being the best me is going to help me be the best husband, the best father, the best friend I can possibly be. And for all the fans that want to enjoy the music that I make,” he added.
“I can’t do it if I’m not healthy, and I haven’t been healthy for a long time.”
The first five episodes of 10-part docuseries can be found on Bieber’s YouTube channel.
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Written by David Yasvinski