Justin Bieber sent up a red flag on social media over the weekend, asking fans to pray for him because he is “struggling.” But he should be on top of the world after his marriage to model and actress Hailey Baldwin. Does it have something to do with his sexuality?
Bieber, 25, is far from washed up in his career, although he hasn’t released an album in almost four years.
His fourth and last studio album Purpose was released in 2015. It went straight to No. 1 and included three No. 1 singles: “What Do You Mean?,” “Sorry,” and “Love Yourself.”
After selling more than 44 million records, sold-out tours and a movie, he’s said to be worth as much as $285 million. So why the sadness?
“Just wanted to keep you guys updated a little bit hopefully what I’m going through will resonate with you guys,” he wrote recently on “Instagram.”
“Been struggling a lot. Just feeling super disconnected and weird,” he continued. “I always bounce back so I’m not worried just wanted to reach out and ask for your guys to pray for me.
Justin Bieber is reportedly undergoing counseling to help him “figure out his next chapter.” But if his career is still on track, he has more money than he can spend and a new wife, what could his problem be?
The only thing left is his sexuality. Bieber’s relationship with women have always been mostly platonic.
He had an on-again, off-again relationship with actress and singer Selena Gomez that went on for years. They began dating in 2010, separated two years later, and had a brief fling a few weeks after that.
It appeared his relationship was over but they got back together off-and-on through 2015. Tabloid reports claimed they were back together again in late 2017, but finally ended the relationship last March.
Selena’s mother Mandy Teefey never cared for Justin because of his loutish behavior, both in public and toward Selena.
The former teen sensation went an 18-month streak of lewd, loutish and sometimes just juvenile behavior, tarnishing his image and becoming a polarizing figure.
Justin finally swore to his fans two years ago that he was a changed person, following his arrest in Miami for drunk driving.
Just before that, Bieber was caught in the middle of a controversy involving New York Giants players Odell Beckham Jr., Victor Cruz and rookies Sterling Shepard and Roger Lewis.
He was photographed drinking and smoking pot with them on a luxury yacht in Miami just before the Giants’ playoff game against the Packers. They lost.
Finally, Mandy revealed during their last go-around together that Selena had frozen her out of any conversations about the pop star.
“You would know before I did. We don’t talk about it,” Teefey told E! News when asked about what’s happening between the two.
“He isn’t dating. He thinks and talks about Selena all the time. The chapter with her is definitely not finished,” a so-called source told People.
But like most tabloid reports, People was way off base.
Bieber bounced back with Hailey Baldwin. They became engaged last July. Hailey had been one of Bieber’s “in-between” girls during his breakups with Selena, among several others.
Last November, the whirl-wind relationship led to marriage. Justin revealed they had wed in a private ceremony. Oddly, since then they both seem to have gone their separate ways.
Hailey’s modeling career has taken off since the marriage and she appears busier than ever.
Most of his dates say their relationship involved no sex, and Bieber’s personal crisis may have something to do with that.
Model Chantel Jeffries, who was arrested with Bieber in his Miami DUI and later traveled with the singer to Panama, raised eyebrows afterward.
She said they never kissed, much less had sex during their time together.
“We’re friends. Do you kiss your friends?” she told E! correspondent Terrence Jenkins. “Do you sleep in the same bed as your friends?”
For his part, Justin has claimed becoming so famous at such a young age had a negative effect on his mental health.
“I started really feeling myself too much. ‘People love me, I’m the s**t,’ that’s honestly what I thought. I got very arrogant and cocky. I was wearing sunglasses inside … I found myself doing things that I was so ashamed of, being super-promiscuous and stuff, and I think I used Xanax because I was so ashamed,” he said.
Whatever his problems, a reputed “insider” says Justin is on the right track.
“His emotions are raw, but he knows that his counselling – however painful – is what he needs as he moves forward with his life” the insider said.
“He’s feeling very positive that he’s uncovering some root issues, and everyone is optimistic that this will help him figure out his next chapter.
“He’s going to be a dad someday, and he knows that could happen sooner rather than later. [He wants to be sure] that he’s got his act together.”