Justin Bieber Almost Quit Music After Struggling To Cope With Fame
22 June 2012, 14:35 | Updated: 22 June 2012, 15:18
The 'Boyfriend' singer's manager says Justin felt he was becoming a spectacle and almost ended his music career.
Justin Bieber's manager has revealed the 'Boyfriend' star almost quit music after struggling to cope with the intense amount of fame and media attention he was receiving.
Scooter Braun, who discovered Justin at the age of 13 and has helped guide his career ever since, says back in 2010 Justin had a moment during his tour when the pressure of becoming a "spectacle" made him feel he couldn't carry on anymore.
"There was a show in Orlando, it was a day where he had to make a decision if he was going to continue on or not, 'cause he was fighting," Scooter revealed to MTV News this week. "it had gotten to a point where kids were surrounding hotels, and you're talking about a kid who is 15, 16 years old, and he went and did a show to 20,000 people, sold out, but right before he went into the show, he was having a little bit of an attitude.
"And he does the show and he was fine, and he comes off and I go, 'What was that before the show?'" Scooter recalled. "And he just broke down, and he said, 'I can't do it anymore. I can't go outside. I can't go anywhere, I feel like a spectacle all the time', and he was really struggling with it."
He added: "You got to remember he didn't want to be a star. I found him, and it happened.
Scooter then revealed that a conversation with US basketball star Kobe Bryant helped Justin decide to continue, after the 'Never Say Never' star said he wanted to talk to the NBA star in person.
"He goes, 'No, I just feel like no matter what Kobe does, he'll always be chasing Michael Jordan's ghost, and someone the other day told me I could grow up in front of the entire world like Michael did, and I just want to know how you handle always chasing someone's ghost that you're just never going to be able to catch," Scooter explained. "It was actually a pretty profound moment.
"They had a pretty intense conversation and something that I think Justin will never forget."
Check out a picture of Justin Bieber meeting fans outside of a US talk show appearance this week below (Credit: Splash):
Justin Bieber also featured in two consecutive documentary programs in the US this week for his All Around The World TV specials, which notably saw Justin showing off his muscles in one particular scene.
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