Justin Bieber‘s intimate docu-series took a dark turn on Monday when the “Sorry” singer bravely opened up about his “scary” drug addiction.
The singer appropriately titled the fifth episode of his Justin Bieber: Seasons — a series exclusively on YouTube Premium — The Dark Season. There, he candidly details his struggle with addiction, saying that he started experimenting with drugs when he was 13.
After becoming “dependent” on marijuana, he soon found himself “sipping lean, popping pills, doing Molly, shrooms, everything” throughout his teens.
As for why he did it, the “Yummy” artist reveals that it was an “escape.” Growing up in front of cameras wasn’t always easy, which enabled his experimental phase to spiral out of control because he “had a lot of money and a lot of things.”
Beiber reflects why he became hooked on drugs, saying that he didn’t grow up in a secure household, so he began “valuing the wrong things in this business” in an endless pursuit to find happiness. Unfortunately, it only exacerbated his addiction until he would start his day “popping pills and smoking a blunt.”
Adds Bieber, “my security would come into my room at night to check my pulse. People don’t know how serious it got. It was legit crazy, scary.”
It was only until the singer felt “like dying” did he seek help.
Now, the singer is clean and is treating his mental health issues with anti-depressants and, surprisingly, with an oxygen chamber that he can set up anywhere, at home or even the studio, for hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
“Being the best me is gonna help me be the best husband, the best father, the best friend that I can possibly be,” says Bieber. “I can’t do it if I’m not healthy. I haven’t been healthy for a long time.”
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