Which I don't think is very surprising. Back in September he married Hailey Baldwin shortly after purchasing property in Cambridge, Ontario, and is currently debuting pieces from (what I assume) is his upcoming clothing line. But this week, it was reported that he's "missing a feeling of happiness" despite his abundance of success and wealth. Recently, he was even seen putting his head in his hands and crying in public.
All of this is arguably par for course if you're Justin Bieber's age. After all, regardless of how much you think you have figured out, your 20s are a landmine of confusion, upset and desperately trying to latch on to something that feels real and permanent. Justin Bieber is all of us. Which makes watching whatever it is he's going through a little more understandable — and all the more upsetting.
When I was 24, I'd just dropped out of school for the second time and had moved from my parents' place in Cambridge to a small apartment in Toronto. Hell-bent on "making it" as a music journalist without the financial backing of a savings account or my family or the second job I should've sought out, I spent the following years on a crash course with rock bottom — especially after draining the remainder of my bank account in a matter of months and self-medicating with all the booze I could afford (which, regardless of how poor I was, I would find a way to buy). By 25, I'd moved back home. And thanks to patient parents and the friends I still (somehow) have, I sought out the mental health help I needed and stopped drinking by 27. But nearly ten years after the misery marathon began, I'm still processing the aftermath of flailing so dramatically and in such a self-destructive way.
Bieber was in a green hoodie while Baldwin was in a leather jacket and red hoodie. Theyre already ready for Christmas couple dressing:
Of course, logical me knows that growing up is painful and terrible and that the trials and tribulations of figuring yourself out is awful for everyone. But emotional me still grapples with the myth that I should've known better; that I should've had the insight and perspective I finally have at 33 — as though insight and perspective aren't earned or don't come with age. And the thing is, I'm not a famous pop star. While I was blowing up my own life, the only people who noticed were the ones close enough to feel the aftershocks. When Justin Bieber makes a misstep, the entire world is on his ass.
It's easy to look at a young man like Justin and see an overt inability to acknowledge his own privilege, especially since he's a white, rich, young man. And it's frustrating to watch as he makes choices we ourselves wouldn't make (unless a whole lot of you reading this are super into face tattoos). But while it's important to bookmark the obvious advantages Bieber has over the rest of us, it's also important to identify their context. Being famous doesn't exempt anybody from the messiness of being young or the struggle that comes with trying to decide who you're going to be. Instead, it makes it even more difficult. While some of us have spent evenings crying in the comfort and privacy of our mice-ravaged apartments, his moments of vulnerability are captured and written about. His relationship is dissected. His haircuts are scrutinized. We form hypotheses about what types of drugs he could be on. It's a lot of pressure.
Being famous doesn't exempt anybody from the messiness of being young or the struggle that comes with trying to decide who you're going to be. Instead, it makes it even more difficult.- Anne T. DonahueOf course, none of that exempts him from following the basic rules of human decency. Neither Bieber's own issues or the challenges of living under the gaze of millions means he gets to act out inappropriately or to revel in ignorance. But it is an added layer to the already complicated narrative of being a young adult trying to find his way. And because his movements and behaviours are tracked under such scrutiny (and you can't escape the Bieber-centric headlines), it puts us in a front row position to confront our own incarnations. Ultimately, by watching him flail through his mid-20s, we're automatically reminded of what we've done as young adults and of the people we used to be.
It may be uncomfortable, but it's also important. It's easy for me to read about Justin Bieber's marriage or his tattoos or the claims that he's partying pretty hard and roll my eyes as if I know better because I'm older and wiser and not an internationally renowned pop icon. But I'm also a person who, at 24, was equally unsure. I was also sad and confused and trying desperately to assert my adulthood while still feeling very much like a little kid. And while watching his trajectory is painful (because it's never pretty to watch someone live through what will likely be referred to as their own personal dark ages), it's also a reality check.
Right now, I may think I've escaped my mid-20s and the horror show that accompanied them. But years from now, I will think the same of this age. Because that's the thing about growing up and confronting your past, your present and your impending mortality: you never stop learning or changing or maintaining the boundaries that help keep you alive. Even in the moments when merely being alive feels like a miracle.
Anne T. Donahue is a writer and person from Cambridge, Ontario. You can buy her first book, Nobody Cares, right now and wherever you typically buy them. She just asks that you read this piece first.
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Theyre used to attending glitzy A-list soirees such as the Grammys, the BRITs and the annual Met Gala.
Yet, Justin Bieber, 24, and new wife Hailey Baldwin, 21, swapped their usual star-studded red carpets for a local greasy spoon in North London on Thursday.
The couple, who said I do in September, were spotted settling down to breakfast in the unassuming Rose Café in Hampstead, flanked by members of his security team as they tucked into the eaterys fried delicacies.
Spotted: Justin Bieber , 24, and new wife Hailey Baldwin, 21, swapped their usual star-studded red carpets for a local greasy spoon in North London on Thursday
Even when Hailey Baldwin is keeping her style casual she still manages to makes a statement and did just that as she was spotted out with beau, Justin Beiber.
The model went for the classic method of layering with a striking red hoodie and a leather biker jacket as she and Justin enjoyed some traditional English food in London.
But take a closer look and youll see a peek of the quirky print that is curtesy of Gucci. Its not the first time weve spotted Hailey wearing one of the brands new style jackets, with the Bugs Bunny version already hanging up in her closet, but this is emblazoned with the brands logo and cartoon-esque mushrooms all in a hand-painted style. Our favourite feature, however, is the lace up sleeves and asymmetrical front zip.
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Sitting by the window, the newly-weds unsuccessfully remained incognito in their casual clobber as fellow diners noticed them while they sipped on their hot beverages.
Model Hailey, who launched her PrettyLittleThing collaboration on Tuesday in New York, went make-up free for their outing and teamed her oversized leather jacket with a red hoodie while her blonde locks were styled into a sleek top knot.
Complementing his other halfs casual appearance, Justin, who recently debuted his newly-shaven coif, donned a green jumper while he looked adoringly at her.
A fellow diner in the café told MailOnline that the pair were incredibly affectionate towards one another as they enjoyed a bite to eat, worlds away from their usual NYC haunts such as Cipriani, Nobu and Casa.
New hotspot: The couple, who recently said I do, were spotted settling down to breakfast in the unassuming Rose Café in Hampstead
Worlds away: A fellow diner in the café told MailOnline that the pair were incredibly affectionate towards one another as they enjoyed a bite to eat, worlds away from their usual NYC haunts such as Cipriani, Nobu and Casa