Coming clean — literally and figuratively. Justin Bieber was going through a lot in 2013, and now the pop star admitted to Vogue in a new interview that he was abusing Xanax, which resulted in him being depressed.
“I found myself doing things that I was so ashamed of, being super-promiscuous and stuff, and I think I used Xanax because I was so ashamed,” the Canada native, 24, told the outlet. “My mom always said to treat women with respect. For me, that was always in my head while I was doing it, so I could never enjoy it. Drugs put a screen between me and what I was doing. It got pretty dark.”
The Grammy nominee confessed that even his team was worried about him. “I think there were times when my security was coming in late at night to check my pulse and see if I was still breathing,” he said.
A few years ago, Justin egged a neighbor’s house, peed in a mop bucket, got a DUI in Miami Beach, FL, and even got his monkey taken away from him in Germany. Now, the “Sorry” singer is able to laugh at his mistakes. “A lot of the douchey things I was doing gave people the right to be like, ‘Man, that’s frickin’ douchey, bro.’ But a lot of the stuff was like — me peeing in a bucket, people made such a big deal of that. Or me owning a monkey. It’s like, if you had the money that I had, why wouldn’t you get a monkey? You would get a monkey!”
When Justin hit rock bottom, he turned to Carl Lentz, the Hillsong pastor, to help him get back to his old self. Carl encouraged the handsome hunk to move into his home in New Jersey for an informal detox. The duo played basketball, hockey and soccer and refocused on his faith. Since then, Justin has not touched any drugs, although he will drink alcohol in social situations.
Fortunately, it all worked out in the end for Justin, as he recently got married to Hailey Baldwin at a Manhattan courthouse in September 2018. The blonde beauty, 22, is so happy her hubby got the help he needed.
“I just wanted him to be happy and be good and be safe and feel joy,” she revealed. “But I’m really proud of him. To do it without a program, and to stick with it without a sober coach or AA or classes — I think it’s extraordinary. He is, in ways, a walking miracle.”
Aww. We’re glad that these two are so supportive of each other. It’s nice to have you back, Biebs!