Justin Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun (who also manages Ariana Grande, among others) never stopped believing in Justin. On Van Lathan’s The Red Pill, the 37-year-old manager opened up about how Justin was able take himself out of a “dark place” and turn himself around and become the “strong, confident young man” he is now.
“There was a time when I would go to sleep almost every night – when he had the money to fly away from me – and I was worried every night that I was going to lose him,” he recounted on the podcast.
That “time” refers to when the young artist got caught up in several negative incidents in 2014.
It got to a point that he refused to let Justin work. “He used to yell and scream at me, and he wanted to put music out, he wanted to tour, but I thought if he did that, he would die. So, I just refused,” he said, adding, “I didn’t want him to work because I wanted him to get healthy.”
“I thought he was going to die. I thought he was going to sleep one night and that he would have so much crap in his system that he would not wake up the next morning,” he elaborated.
Through the good and the bad, he stood by Justin whom he calls “an extraordinary young man who’s been given an extraordinary life.” While he saw him that way, he shared that it took some time for Justin to accept being “held to extraordinary standards.”
“He used to complain, and he used to fight it and that’s when he got into a dark place,” he recalled. “But when he accepted his responsibility and took a hard look at himself and not what everyone was doing, that’s when he owned it and he got healthy and he got better and he made the choice to change.”
But he’s not taking credit for the change. “I think he made a conscious choice for himself to change. I think for a year and a half I failed miserably trying to help him, because for year and a half he didn’t change… It wasn’t until one day he woke up and said, ‘Hey I need to talk to you, I don’t want to be that person anymore.'”
“He made the decision to change and actually put that into action. And the result is who he’s become today and that is the result of his own decision, no one else’s.”
Last year, Scooter told Wall Street Journal about a promise he made to a young Justin. “I made a promise to him when he was 13 that I would never give up on him. I plan on keeping that promise,” he said.