Bieber posted on Instagram that he wanted to update his fans on what he’s been going through. “Been struggling a lot. Just feeling super disconnected and weird. I always bounce back so I’m not worried…just wanted to reach out and ask you guys to pray for me. God is faithful and ur prayers really work thanks.. the most human season I’ve ever been in facing my stuff head on…”
Teen Vogue reported that the comment section of Instagram shows Justin’s fans came through with prayers and support. One fan shared that they also experience depression, and: “Love you always and I hope you can find a way to feel better and more like yourself again.” Another Belieber (the fond nickname for the pop star’s fans) told the singer, “We all believe in you!”
Justin has used social media in the past to connect with fans and discuss his mental health. In 2016, he posted that participating in a lot of meet and greets contributed to his depression.
“The pressure of meeting people’s expectations of what I’m supposed to be is so much for me to handle and a lot on my shoulders,” he wrote at the time. “I end up feeling so drained and filled with so much of other people’s spiritual energy that I end up so drained and unhappy.”
Justin’s ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez has also struggled publicly with mental health issues. Selena Gomez and Julia Michaels released a song called “Anxiety” that Selena shared was personal to her.
Justin and those who work for him claim that his current struggles have “nothing to do with Hailey,” but in a recent couple’s interview with Vogue, Hailey and Justin called their marriage “very hard.”
They discussed the strain of being married so young and their struggle to get over things like their initial breakup, and Justin’s past, faster life with random sex and drugs.
The Vogue journalist wrote, “It is impossible not to feel, in Justin’s presence, that he is still recovering from something—the fame whose price was his childhood, the mortification of a thousand magnified adolescent peccadilloes, an accumulated uncertainty about the attentions of those in his orbit—and these scars crowd the surface like his innumerable tattoos.”