Singer Justin Bieber on setting boundaries and learning from past mistakes


Justin Bieber is now more mellow. Photo: AFP

Despite the recent shift in the way mental health is viewed by the public, it is still something that many find hard to discuss and seek help. Celebrities have been known to share their own struggles and play their part in encouraging people to ask for help when they need it.

Justin Bieber is the latest artiste to talk about mental health in the open. The singer is in partnership with Internet radio Audacy's "I'm Listening" programme which features celebs talking about mental health.

In a video interview with Entertainment Tonight, the 27-year-old singer shared his new take on life. The award-winning artiste said he has learnt to set aside time for himself and, when he's on tour, he will also prioritise time for his wife, Hailey Bieber.

"Touring can definitely be grueling. And I think the same way I was able to kind of set boundaries for this (I'm Listening) project and be able to prioritise time with my wife and time that I'm not working and be off the grid. It's always kind of like, 'You live and you learn,' and you just learn how to say no," Bieber explained.

This can be seen in Bieber's more mellow and mature personality as opposed to during his younger years when the star often made headlines for causing trouble.

The Canadian is also living by a new principle. "Don't be resentful about something you say yes to. Just do it and then when you're done, reassess your boundaries and don't do it again. I kind of am trying to live by that," he said.

The Purpose singer is among the list of celebrities partnering with Audacy for this new initiative. Other big names including Billie Eilish, Lil Nas X, Lizzo and Shakira will also be featured in this two-hour special on Sept 23 starting at 6pm (US time).


Those suffering from mental health issues or contemplating suicide can reach out to the following organisations:
- Mental Health Psychosocial Support Service (03-2935 9935/ 014-322 3392)
- Talian Kasih (15999/ 019-261 5999 on WhatsApp)
- Jakim’s (Department of Islamic Development Malaysia) family, social and community care centre (0111-959 8214 on WhatsApp)
- Befrienders Kuala Lumpur (03-7627 2929 or go to befrienders.org.my/centre-in-malaysia for a full list of numbers nationwide and operating hours, or email sam@befrienders.org.my).
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