Justin Bieber asks fans to pray for him after revealing he's been 'struggling a lot'

The singer said he has been feeling 'super disconnected and weird'

Sarah Young
Monday 11 March 2019 09:29 GMT
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Justin Bieber has opened up about his battle with depression, admitting he has been “struggling a lot”.

On Sunday, the 25-year-old singer posted a message about his mental health on Instagram and said he hopes his story “will resonate” with his 105m followers.

Alongside a black-and-white photo of himself praying between his manager Scooter Braun and singer Kanye West, Bieber wrote: “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 [sic].”

In response to the post, thousands of Bieber’s fans praised him for his honesty and to offer support.

“Sending you all my love and prayers! God's got you, you’ll come back stronger than ever,” one person commented.

Another added: “The humanity and humility you just showed is a beautiful thing and actually shows how strong you are, cuz being that open is hard to do [sic].

“You will be fine, have faith. Just be patient.”

The update follows reports that the star has been receiving treatment for depression – a topic he spoke about in a recent interview with Vogue magazine.

The Canadian singer was chosen as the cover interview for the March issue of the publication alongside his wife Hailey Bieber née Baldwin.

Bieber revealed a darker time in his life, sharing that he got “really depressed” on the tour for his album Purpose in 2017.

“I haven’t talked about this, and I’m still processing so much stuff that I haven’t talked about,“ he shared.

“I was lonely. I needed some time.”

Bieber also said he relied heavily on Xanax – a short-acting benzodiazepine, that is used to treat anxiety disorders – in 2017 to distance himself from his reality.

”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,“ he said.

”Drugs put a screen between me and what I was doing.“

He added that the situation “got pretty dark" revealing there were times when security would have to check his pulse to see if he was still breathing.

Bieber married 22-year-old Baldwin in a private civil ceremony in New York in September 2018, almost a decade after first being introduced by Baldwin's father, actor Stephen Baldwin.

For confidential support with mental health you can contact The Samaritans on their free, 24-hour phone support by calling 116 123 or emailing jo@samaritans.org.

You can also contact mental health charity Mind by calling 0300 123 3393, texting 86463 or emailing info@mind.org.uk.

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