'Sometimes we want to give up': Justin Bieber gets candid about mental health struggles

Elizabeth Di Filippo
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Justin Bieber (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
Justin Bieber (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)

Justin Bieber is opening up about his mental health struggles in an upcoming docuseries.

On Dec. 31, the 25-year-old pop-star shared the first trailer for “Justin Bieber: Seasons,” a-10 part series for YouTube to coincide with the release of his first studio album in four years. In the series, which premieres on Jan. 27, fans will receive a behind-the-scenes look at Bieber’s writing process, interviews with close friends and collaborators, as well as exclusive footage from the star’s personal life and wedding to wife Hailey Bieber.

The trailer included footage of Bieber and friends discussing the star’s struggle with mental health issues, which forced him to cancel the 15 remaining dates from his 2017 Purpose World Tour.

“As humans we go through so many ups and downs,” Bieber said, unable to look into the camera. “So many good seasons, bad seasons and sometimes we want to give up.”

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“He’s taken a very long break, and in that time he’s found his wife, he’s grown a lot,” said Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun. “He’s ready to express himself through music again.”

In September, the “Love Yourself” singer discussed his struggle with depression and previous drug use in a lengthy post to Instagram.

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“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, finances, your relationships. When it feels like there's trouble after trouble after trouble,” Bieber wrote. “You start foreseeing the day through lenses of 'dread' and anticipate another bad day. A cycle of feeling disappointment after disappointment. Sometimes it can even get to the point where you don't even want to live anymore. Where you feel like it's never going to change. I can fully sympathize with you. I could not change my mindset."

The Canadian-born star, who shot to fame after uploading videos of himself performing to YouTube, admitted that by his 20s he had made “every bad decision” possible. Bieber admitted to using “pretty heavy drugs” which he says made him “resentful, disrespectful to women and angry.”

Bieber credited his family and friends for helping him, ultimately leading him to the “best season of my life: Marriage.”

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“When I was getting started, YouTube provided me a platform and a community where I could share music, experiences and moments with my fans. It feels great to partner with YouTube for this original documentary series” Bieber explained in a press release. “I want my fans to be part of this journey.”

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