We've all made mistakes, and most of us have a few regrets about our behavior in the past. Some of us might take a while to mature, while others can be surrounded by challenging circumstances that would turn any person into what many see as an obnoxious individual.
Regardless of our past and our circumstances, however, most people (if not all) deserve a second chance. We deserve to be able to look to the future without being reminded of our past mistakes over and over. We deserve to move on.
Yet, this right can be surprisingly difficult for some to achieve—especially celebrities. Being in the public eye makes it nearly impossible to move past a slip or an immature action, not least because social media will make it a point to remind the world of what a particular superstar has or hasn't done at any given time in their career. That seems kind of unfair.
Justin Bieber is one such international superstar: a once-troubled global phenomenon who's just doing his best to move on. In a candid Instagram post, the singer laid his heart bare and owned up to his past, while assuring the world he's now at a very different place.
Overwhelming pressures for a young teenager
In the post, Bieber explained something most of us simply fail to consider: what it's like for a young boy to be suddenly catapulted into fame. That does something to you, surely.
"I went from a 13-year-old boy from a small town to being praised left and right by the world, with millions saying how much they loved me and how great I was," the artist wrote. "I don't know about you, but humility comes with age. You hear these things enough as a young boy and you actually start believing it."
That makes sense. It's no wonder that with literally millions upon millions of people telling him that he's a boy wonder, fame would go to his head. In this sense, it's hard to blame him.
Bieber also explained that he became spoiled and utterly disconnected with what living in the real world is actually like. "Everyone did everything for me, so I never even learned the fundamentals of responsibility," he candidly confessed. "By this point I was 18 with no skills in the real world, with millions of dollars and access to whatever I wanted. This is a very scary concept for anyone."
That's not a situation many people have been in, so it's difficult to judge. Still, as most fans probably remember, Bieber soon got into all sorts of trouble. With all that money, power, and resources, a young immature teenager is likely to do some irresponsible things—and sure enough, he did.
A troubled phase
In 2014, Bieber was arrested several times with minor offenses ranging from vandalism to driving while under the influence. He served probation after egging a neighbor's house, sped through the California streets in a Ferrari, and urinated in a restaurant mop bucket as he shouted insults against Bill Clinton.
"I made every bad decision you could have thought of and went from one of the most loved and adored people in the world to the most ridiculed, judged and hated person in the world," the musician said. "I started doing pretty heavy drugs at 19 and abused all my relationships."
Bieber, now 25, believes his heavy-drugs phase was brought about by his inability to manage the emotional ups and downs involved in touring and other aspects of a celebrity lifestyle—which would conceivably be overwhelming for most people.
"It's taken me years to bounce back from all these terrible decisions, fix broken relationships, and change relationship habits," the singer concluded. But he also added that his, friends, faith, and marriage with model Hailey Baldwin have all helped him turn his life around, finding the strength to become a better, ore mature, and more responsible person. "You learn patience, trust, commitment, kindness, humility and all of the things it looks like to be a good man."
Good for him.
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