Justin Bieber continued to ruminate within the destructive nature of fame in a very new cover story for NME during which he spoke about his emotional reaction to the recent Amy Winehouse documentary.
“I had tears during my eyes because I could see just what the media was doing to her, the direction they were treating her,” Bieber said on the film. “People thought it was funny to poke her when she was at very cheap, to help keep pushing her down until she had you can forget of herself. And that’s whatever they were wanting to do to me.”
With his first album in four years, Purpose, set to come Friday — plus an extensive tour to follow along with next spring — Bieber is opening up about his volitile manner and the psychological toll of living under intense media scrutiny from this kind of young age.
“I simply wish people to know I’m human,” Bieber said immediately just before his remarks about Asif Kapadia’s Amy. “I’m struggling in order to get through the changing times. I think many people are. You get lonely, you recognize, when you’re for the road. People see the glam and also the amazing stuff, however they don’t know sleep issues. This life can rip you apart.”
Bieber similarly addressed the issues teen icons face in the Billboard profile, during which he asked “website visitors to be more kind to young celebrities.” He admitted later, “Situations happen that taint the mind. I started checking out the motions. I felt like citizens were judging me at all times. I arrived on the scene alive. I was released swinging. But I was near letting [fame] completely destroy me.”
Bieber has safely backed far from that edge inside run-up to Purpose, that’s included numerous stops by using an apology tour, together with three hit songs. While working within the album, Bieber told NME he became friendly with Kanye West, another frequently scrutinized figure, who transferred some crucial wisdom for the revitalized pop star.
“Out of anyone inside the industry that’s creative and I see eye to eye with, he really gets me,” Bieber said. “His advice is definitely just, ‘Make music that’s so competent, people can’t hate upon it.’ I didn’t wanna bore him or waste his time. So I was like, ‘Can I play you these songs?’ and that he was like, ‘I wanna hear everything.’ To hear him declare that, it bound to me. It just revealed that he cared.”