Justin Bieber is reaching out to his millions of Beliebers around the world and asking for their thoughts and prayers as he struggles with depression. The 25-year-old pop star posted a heartfelt message on his Instagram account over the weekend, updating fans on his current mental state, which he describes as one that is making him feel ‘disconnected and weird.’
“Just wanted to keep you guys updated a little bit hopefully what I’m going through will resonate with you guys,” writes Bieber. “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 for your 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.”
Accompanied by a black and white photo that appears to be from his Purpose World Tour, Bieber is shown with his eyes closed and his arms around longtime manager Scooter Braun and fellow musician Kanye West, who has endured his own very public struggle with mental health. The men appear to have their heads bowed in prayer, with Justin sporting long, bleached blonde hair and wearing a t-shirt with the late rapper Tupac Shakur on the front.
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Just wanted to keep you guys updated a little bit hopefully what I’m going through will resonate with you guys. 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 for your 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..
Bieber’s post doesn’t come as a huge shock to fans. The Canadian superstar has been photographed looking visibly upset in public over the past few months, with media outlets publishing photos of Bieber in tears on multiple occasions. Bieber, who is reportedly receiving treatment for depression, has put plans for a second wedding ceremony with wife Hailey Bieber on hold, with the couple waiting to celebrate their nuptials with friends and family when the singer is in a better place mentally.
The newlyweds appeared together on the March 2019 issue of Vogue and spoke candidly about their efforts to ensure they were approaching their marriage in a supportive and healthy mindset. The couple regularly attend marriage counselling, with Bieber saying that he also gets support from the pastor and members of Hillsong, the celebrity-filled church the couple attend.
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Bieber also speaks about his battle with depression, telling Vogue that he’s still dealing issues that arose during his Purpose World Tour. “I got really depressed on tour. I haven’t talked about this, and I’m still processing so much stuff that I haven’t talked about. I was lonely. I needed some time,” said Bieber.
Seeing anyone deal with depression is heartbreaking and we applaud Bieber for using his huge platform to speak about his mental health and help reduce the stigma. We’re also happy to see a celeb that is so beloved, especially by millions of young people, admit to getting help. With 105 million Instagram followers, there’s a great chance that Bieber’s latest post could inspire someone else to seek treatment. We’ll definitely ‘heart’ that.