Fame and fortune came to Justin Bieber at the young age of 12. Back then he was already happy making and posting homemade videos of himself at YouTube because he was attracting thousands of viewers. Yet everything changed when Scottie Braun, an American talent manager, had the young Canadian YouTube sensation brought to Atlanta to meet with Usher.
The rest is history, after Usher agreed to mentor and help launch the musical career of the eager 12-year old Justin. Usher’s undertaking resulted to one of the most sensational pop stardoms in the history of music recording.
Fandom brought the young Bieber to the peak of success, which also came with stories of drugs, mischief, and women; plus a good dose of public opinion and ridicule that conveyed Justin Bieber does not deserve to be where he was. Until at the age of 21, the young man hit rock bottom, no longer feeling the natural euphoria he felt in the early years of “Bieber Fever”.
Bouts with Depression Led to Justin Bieber’s Rebirth as Christian
Not getting any younger, with most of his teenage fans also maturing, the older Bieber went into fits of depression; finally realizing that stardom had not brought him true happiness. To help him get over long nights of feeling despondent, Justin’s mother put him to sleep by making him listen to cassette tapes of the preachings of a Seattle hipster preacher named Judah Smith. The depressed Bieber finally sought the help and friendship of Smith, who in turn brought him to Carl Lentz, pastor of Hillsong Church, New York.
Pastor Lentz saw the 21 year old Bieber struggling with the effects of the toxic world he lived and moved in for years. In an interview with Complex, a pop culture digital magazine, Lentz said Justin was trying to do his best in figuring a way out of the rut he carved for himself. Justin came to realize that his Christian faith was his only salvation, to which he sought to be reborn by way of baptism.
Justin Decides to Step Away from Pop Culture Limelight by Singing Gospel Songs
During his initial period of Christian rebirth, Justin found purpose and meaning by focusing himself and his talent to spreading gospel messages by way of music. No longer the egotistical, self-centered brat, the Canadian pop star had matured into a young adult who finally had a purpose and a broader understanding of his influence to the worldwide fans that brought him fame and fortune. The change was most evident in his 2017 album “Purpose”, particularly in the lyrics of “Life is Worth Living.”
Recently in March of 2019, Justin Bieber made an instagram post, explaining why he had to take a break. He mentioned his need for treatment to overcome his depression but made a promise that he will soon be coming back,
“I will come with a kick ass album ASAP, my swag is undeniable and my drive is indescribable.”