Justin Bieber released his new album Changes on Valentine’s Day. It’s the 24-year-old’s follow-up to 2015’s Purpose and his first since marrying Hailey Baldwin in 2018.
Bieber sat down with Beats 1’s Zane Lowe for a tell-all interview. They talked about how Bieber’s faith and marriage influenced the new album, and the dark place he found himself in during the tour behind Purpose.
Bieber was up front about his past indiscretions. “I was just living in this shame,” he said. “Living in all this stuff from my past and I wasn’t able to move on.”
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Lowe asked Bieber whether he was on a path of self-destruction before turning things around. “Oh for sure, yeah,” said Bieber, nodding incessantly. “For sure. 100%, yeah. It would’ve been no bueno. It was bad. I don’t know if I’d be alive, for sure. It was dark.
“So I’m very, very grateful to have influences in my life that have played a huge part in me seeing their relationship with Jesus and their relationship with their wives, their relationship with their kids and saying, ‘That’s what I want.’”
Bieber – who’s been world famous since he was 15 – also reflected on the downsides of childhood fame. “Just think about how young I was and so impressionable,” he said. “And you have everybody telling me how awesome I am at all times.
“I just want people to understand the psychology behind why I potentially could have problems in my life.”
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Bieber’s marriage to Hayley Baldwin was a recurring topic of the interview. “I’m just trying to figure out how to navigate being married,” he said. “I’m friggin’ married now and I’ve got the best wife in the world. She supports me through so much. I’m really honoured to be her husband.”
Baldwin’s influence is stamped all over the new album, Changes. “This is an album I wrote in the first year of our marriage,” said Bieber. “There’s so much more to learn about commitment and building trust and foundation. I’m looking forward to continuing to make music that’s going to reflect that.”