Justin Bieber opens up about drug abuse, married life and more in revealing new interview

0:00
play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
Justin Bieber on the May 2021 cover of GQ Magazine.
Justin Bieber on the May 2021 cover of GQ Magazine.
Photo: Instagram/Screengrab
  • Justin Bieber is getting candid in the May 2021 issue of GQ Magazine.
  • The revealing new interview sees the singer open about about his struggle with substance abuse, his marriage to Hailey Bieber and his relationship with God.
  • Reflecting on where he is now, he says: "It's just rewarding to be all that you were designed to be. And I believe that, at this point in my life, I'm right where I'm supposed to be, doing what I believe that God wants me to do."


Justin Bieber is getting candid about his struggle with substance abuse and more.

Speaking to GQ magazine for the May 2021 issue, the Peaches hitmaker said, echoing his Seasons documentary, at a low point in his life his security guards would enter his room at night to check his pulse while he was using drugs.

He explains: "There was a sense of still yearning for more. It was like I had all this success and it was still like: I'm still sad, and I'm still in pain. And I still have these unresolved issues. And I thought all the success was going to make everything good. And so for me, the drugs were a numbing agent to just continue to get through."

He adds: "You're this young angry person who had these big dreams, and then the world just jades you and makes you into this person that you don't want to be. And then you wake up one day and your relationships are fucked up and you're unhappy and you have all this success in the world, but you're just like: Well, what is this worth if I'm still feeling empty inside?"

The 27-year-old says it was his marriage to Hailey Bieber as well as his relationship with God that ultimately saved him.

While he admits his first year of marriage "was really tough" because of his struggles, he reflects now: "We're just creating these moments for us as a couple, as a family, that we're building these memories. And it's beautiful that we have that to look forward to. Before, I didn't have that to look forward to in my life. My home life was unstable. Like, my home life was not existing. I didn't have a significant other. I didn't have someone to love. I didn't have someone to pour into. But now I have that."

On God, he explains he asked for guidance and realised his mistakes had not rendered him beyond redemption. "It's just rewarding to be all that you were designed to be. And I believe that, at this point in my life, I'm right where I'm supposed to be, doing what I believe that God wants me to do. And there's nothing more fulfilling," he says.

He goes on to tell interviewer Zach Baron: "You're like me. We're all miracles, really.

"You know, the fact that you are here and you made it through all the stuff that you've been through, you know—just because you weren't in my position, I mean, I don't know your story. I don't know where you come from. I don't know your history. I don't know what you've been through. But I know you haven't had it all peaches and cream, you know? Like some shit has probably made you not want to do things at times and not let your guard down and not do what you feel led and called to do. But you are here. And that's a miracle."

"What can I do to be an encouragement?" He wants to say: "You can do it. You are valuable. Whatever you are saying about yourself or believing about yourself is not necessarily true. It's just not."

READ THE FULL INTERVIEW HERE.   

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24