One Of The Most Powerful Men In Hollywood Shares Why He’s Terrified For Justin Bieber

Katie Jerkovich | Entertainment Reporter

One of the most powerful men in Hollywood, Scooter Braun, admitted to being terrified for Justin Bieber should the Canadian popstar risk a drug overdose.

“There was a time when I would go to sleep almost every night — when he had the money to fly away from me — and I was worried every night that I was going to lose him,” the 37-year-old music manager of Bieber and Ariana Grande shared during his appearance on “The RedPill Podcast,” according to Page Six Thursday.

Justin Bieber performs a medley of songs at the 2016 Billboard Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., May 22, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni - HT1EC5N039H6W

Justin Bieber performs a medley of songs at the 2016 Billboard Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., May 22, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

“That was the time when I was telling him he’s not allowed to work,” he added. “He used to yell and scream at me and he wanted to put music out. He wanted to tour, but I thought if he did that, he would die.”

Braun continued, “So I just refused. We weren’t making any money. It wasn’t like I was trying to take advantage. I didn’t want him to work — I wanted him to get healthy.”

“I thought he was going to die,” the manager explained. “I thought he was going to sleep one night and that he would have so much crap in his system that he would not wake up the next morning. I was trying to monitor him from a distance, I would fly after him at times, all kinds of different stuff.”

Though the music manager didn’t explain what time frame he was talking about, last summer, the 24-year-old singer stepped back away from the spotlight when he canceled the remaining part of his “Purpose” world tour. At the time, Braun shared that the singer’s “soul and well being … came first.”

Bieber eventually ended up attending AA meetings and working to make a healthy “change for himself.”

“I think that he made a conscious choice for himself to change,” Braun shared. “For a year-and-a-half, I failed miserably trying to help him because for a year-and-a-half, he didn’t change, and I made every effort you can imagine.”

“It wasn’t until one day he woke up and said, ‘Hey, I need to talk to you. I don’t want to be this person anymore,'” he added. “And he made the decision to change, and actually put that into action, and the result is who he’s become today, and that is the result of his own decision, no one else’s.”

Katie Jerkovich

Entertainment Reporter


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