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Justin Bieber makes a shocking confession about his mental health

Los Angeles, California - Justin Bieber has been a globally celebrated pop star since the age of 13 , but life in the spotlight almost killed him...

Justin Bieber (26) and wife Hailey (23) have been married since 2018.
Justin Bieber (26) and wife Hailey (23) have been married since 2018.  © Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP/dpa

In his documentary film Justin Bieber: Next Chapter, which premiered Friday on YouTube , the 26-year-old looks back on his career.

"When I was 15, I was so surrounded. Millions of people in the audience, but I still felt lonely. I still felt misunderstood. I still felt hurt. I just had no idea what was to come," Bieber says in the video.

The time in the spotlight was often challenging.

The musician regularly had to deal with hate on the internet, as he was often attacked: "Random people saying, like, 'you suck' and 'you look like a girl'.

The online bullying led to serious mental health problems for Bieber, who was then still a minor. 

"I think that there was times where I was really, really suicidal," Bieber admits at one point. 

Justin Bieber overcame those dark times and credits his faith and wife Hailey

With the help of his faith, the musician was able to get his mental health issues under control.
With the help of his faith, the musician was able to get his mental health issues under control.  © Yui Mok/PA Wire/dpa

"Man, is this pain ever going to go away? It was so consistent. The pain was so consistent. I was just suffering, right? So I’m just like, 'Man, I would rather not feel this than feel this'", he goes on to say.

His faith in God and his relationship with wife Hailey (23) helped him find the hope to face life: "I feel so just at peace for the first time in my life. I don't feel like I’m striving. I feel like I know who God's called me to be, where I am, where I'm supposed to be. I'm walking in the plans of God. The assurance of that is amazing."

He advises his fans to seek help if they struggle with mental health: "I just would encourage people, like, 'Hey, if you’re feeling lonely, talk about it. Say it out loud.' There's a freedom in that. I could have avoided a lot of pain."

If you or someone you know need help, please contact the 24-hour National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 for free and confidential support. 

Cover photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire/dpa

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