Justin Bieber announced that he plans to step away from making music to focus on his mental health.
The Canadian pop star made the announcement on Instagram directly to his fans:
“I’ve toured my whole teenage life, and early 20s, I realized and as you guys probably saw I was unhappy last tour and I don’t deserve that and you don’t deserve that, you pay money to come and have a lively energetic fun light concert and I was unable emotionally to give you that near the end of the tour.”
The message was in response to fans who were clamoring for a new Bieber album. He still hopes to deliver that album as soon as possible–but for now, his well-being is the top priority.
“I have been looking, seeking, trial and error as most of us do, I am now very focused on repairing some of the deep-rooted issues that I have as most of us have, so that I don’t fall apart, so that I can sustain my marriage and be the father I want to be,” Bieber wrote on Instagram. “Music is very important to me but Nothing comes before my family and my health.”
This isn’t the first time that Bieber has had to take a step back. He’s been open about his struggles with mental health. In August of last year, he cut the Purpose concert tour short, citing a need to take care of himself and his relationships.
At just 25, he’s been famous most of his life. Bieber is also a newlywed, and his wife is supportive of his decision to focus on himself. She responded to his message with a string of emojis and “love you so much it hurts!!!” His mom, Pattie, also replied to his post to let everyone know how much she loves and supports her son.
Hailey and Justin’s relationship is a popular target for trolls. On Tuesday, the day after he announced the need to work on his mental health, one particularly nasty commenter accused Justin of marrying Hailey to get back at his ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez. Bieber defended his wife and told people to stop sending her hurtful messages.
“Hailey is my bride period,” Bieber wrote. “If you don’t like that or support that that means you don’t support me and if you don’t support me your not a fan nor a good person.”
It’s tough sometimes to remember that Bieber is just 25 years old. He’s been in the public eye for over a decade at this point. Earlier in March, he said that he’d been struggling lately and felt “super disconnected and weird.”
Hopefully, he’ll get the treatment and help he needs to recover. It’s also a powerful message to his fans: It’s okay to struggle with your mental health, to take a break if you need, and to ask for help.