Justin Bieber is reportedly battling depression, but a source close to the Ontario-born singer insists he is receiving professional help.
“Justin seems down and tired. He has been struggling a bit,” a source tells People of the 24-year-old.
However, the source insists that Bieber’s struggles are completely unrelated to his marriage to wife Hailey Bieber, whom he reportedly wed secretly in fall 2018.
“It has nothing to do with Hailey — he is very happy being married to her. It’s just something else that he struggles with mentally,” the source adds. “He has good help around him and is receiving some treatment. He seems confident he will feel better soon.”
In addition, People reports that a second source has confirmed the Bieber is receiving treatment for depression, while a third source “who has spent time with Bieber over the years” tells the magazine that Bieber is “emotional and struggles a lot with the idea of fame.”
The source points to the complex family dynamics underlying Bieber’s issues. “He and [father] Jeremy [Bieber] have a complicated relationship. Jeremy pushed him really hard and expected a lot out of him. He’s been up and down with [mother] Pattie [Mallette] too.”
This isn’t the first time Bieber has struggled with depression. Back in 2017, he cancelled several dates on his Purpose world tour, and subsequently revealed that his depression was responsible for the axed tour dates.
“I got really depressed on tour,” he divulged in a recent interview with Vogue. “I haven’t talked about this, and I’m still processing so much stuff that I haven’t talked about. I was lonely. I needed some time.”
He added: “Just thinking about music stresses me out. I’ve been successful since I was 13, so I didn’t really have a chance to find who I was apart from what I did. I just needed some time to evaluate myself: who I am, what I want out of my life, my relationships, who I want to be — stuff that when you’re so immersed in the music business you kind of lose sight of.”