It really is very difficult to be a recording artist. It gets even worse if you become a star, and more so if your audience reception turns rather divisive. When you are equally loved by your fans and disparaged by detractors to the point that your life becomes a meme, it does feel hard. Nowhere is this truer than in the life and career of Justin Bieber. A lot has happened between his first online videos as a kid with a guitar, to an adorable young idol, to a troubled celebrity. When you want out of that life for a while, it is quite understandable.
And that is why, according to CNN, Justin Bieber announced on social media that he is taking time out from making more music. The message, a rather lengthy post on his Instagram page dated Monday, March 25, laid out that he needed to get away from the scene to look after both his own well-being and his recent marriage to model and TV personality Hailey Baldwin. He did however leave an assurance that he has not retired, and that he will return with a new album after putting his personal and private affairs in order.
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So I read a lot of messages saying you want an album .. 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. 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. Music is very important to me but Nothing comes before my family and my health. I will come with a kick ass album ASAP, my swag is undeniable and my drive is indescribable his love is supernatural his grace is that reliable…. the top is where I reside period whether I make music or not the king said so. 👑 but I will come with a vengeance believe that.. (grammar and punctuation will be terrible pretend it’s a text where u just don’t care).
Bieber’s Instagram entry noted on the sheer quantity of social media messages to him from fans regarding when he might release a new album following 2015’s “Purpose.” In a long ramble he recounted how he has been an active performer at a young age. “I’ve toured my whole teenage life, and early 20s,” he said, adding that his fans may have noticed his comparative lack of enthusiasm on the “Purpose” tour which ended short of its full run two years ago. “I want my career to be sustainable, but I also want my mind heart and soul to be sustainable.”
For the moment, Justin Bieber explains that he must focus on “deep rooted issues” he currently has so that he does not “fall apart” for his own sake and that of his marriage to Baldwin. He notes that “Music is very important to me but, “Nothing comes before my family and my health.” Nevertheless he made a bold promise that he will be back with an album when his rest is complete, adding that his “swag” is undeniable and drive so indescribable that he could never stay away for long.
Drawing on his Christian upbringing which he shares with his wife, Bieber signed off with: “The top is where I reside period whether I make music or not the king said so…but I will come with a vengeance believe that.”
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