SOURCE / CREDIT: Christian Post / Christine Thomasos
Justin Bieber thanked God for helping him grow as a person after going through a dark period where he rebelled against the world while being scrutinized in the public eye.
The 22-year-old Canadian crooner won the Male Artist of the Year award at the iHeartRadio Awards in California April 3. There, he reflected about some of the tumultuous experiences he underwent in the public eye.
“Thanks to God… I’ve experienced some tough times,” Bieber said during his speech, according to Yahoo. “I think all of us. It’s about just our growth and learning.”
The pop star started as a YouTube sensation who rose to fame at the age of 15. In 2014, Bieber had an especially tough year in the public eye after he was accused of assaulting a limousine driver in Toronto, egging his neighbor’s home, being arrested for a DUI, questionable driving in Miami and allegedly taking part in lewd acts like urinating in a prison cell.
He previously spoke to the Mirror about the source of his behavior.
“I was rebelling against the world. I started to believe the hype and was acting a certain way,” Bieber said. “I was just being a jerk. I got so involved in ‘me me me’.”
While the singer admits he has matured, he also knows there is more work to be done.
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