During a new interview with GQ, Justin Bieber confessed his battles with the dark side of fame weren’t fully resolved when he wed Hailey Baldwin back in 2018. He revealed his road to redemption came with the help of his faith and his marriage to his wife Hailey Baldwin, but the latter had to first overcome the residual effects of his personal traumas.
“The first year of marriage was really tough,” he began. “Because there was a lot, going back to the trauma stuff. There was just lack of trust. There was all these things that you don’t want to admit to the person that you’re with, because it’s scary. You don’t want to scare them off by saying, ‘I’m scared.'”
“We’re just creating these moments for us as a couple, as a family, that we’re building these memories. And it’s beautiful that we have that to look forward to,” says Bieber in the cover story. “Before, I didn’t have that to look forward to in my life. My home life was unstable. Like, my home life was not existing. I didn’t have a significant other. I didn’t have someone to love. I didn’t have someone to pour into. But now I have that.”
In addition to his love for Hailey, God, and his recently-acquired positive outlook on life, the performer also discusses the difficulties of growing up in the public eye at such a young age—which led to a range of incidents that caused him to cancel a world tour amid increased emotional stress.