The 25-year-old singer shot to super-stardom at the age of 13, and has opened up about the impact celebrity status had on him in a candid Instagram post.
Posting a text image, Justin wrote: “It’s hard to get out of bed in the morning with the right attitude when you are overwhelmed with your life, your past, job, responsibilities, emotions, family, finances, relationships.
“When it feels like there’s trouble after trouble after trouble. You start foreseeing the day through lenses of ‘dread’ and anticipate another bad day.
“A cycle of feeling disappointment after disappointment. Sometimes it can even get to the point where you don’t even want to live anymore.
“Where you feel like it’s never going to change… I can fully sympathise with you. I could not change my mindset. I am fortunate to have people in life that continue to encourage me to keep going.”
Reflecting on his life in the spotlight, Justin continued: “You see, I have a lot of money, clothes, cars, accolades, achievements, awards, and I was still unfulfilled.
“Have you noticed the statistics of child stars and the outcome of their life? There’s an insane pressure and responsibility put on a child whose brain, emotions, frontal lobes [decision making] aren’t developed yet.
“No rationality, defiant, rebellious, things all of us have to go through. But when you add the pressure of stardom it does something to you that is quite unexplainable.
“You see, I didn’t grow up in a stable home, my parents were 18 separated with no money, still young and rebellious as well
“As my talent progressed and I became ultra successful it happened within a strand of two years. My whole world was flipped on its head.
“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.”
Admitting that he struggled in his teenage years, he added: “Humility comes with age. You hear these things enough as a young boy and you start actually believing it.
“Rationality comes with age and so does your decision making process.
“Everyone did everything for me so I never even learned the fundamentals of responsibility.
“So by the 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.
“By 20 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!
“Being on stage, according to studies, is a bigger dopamine rush than almost any other activity… So these massive ups and downs on their own are very hard to manage.”..