The 24-year-old singer suffered a string of negative incidents including arrests for assault, driving offences and vandalism between 2013 and 2014, and his manager Scooter – who also manages the likes of Ariana Grande and Carly Rae Jepsen – has now said he used to have a recurring nightmare in which the ‘Sorry’ hitmaker died during one of his escapades.
Scooter said, “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.
“I thought he was going to die. 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.”
The 37-year old pop manager encouraged the ‘Love Yourself’ singer to take a break from music to focus on his health at the time, but Justin used to “yell and scream” that he wanted to continue his career.
Scooter 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. So, I just refused.”
Now though, Justin – who is now engaged to Hailey Baldwin – has turned his life around, and Scooter insists that it was the star’s own decision to get help.
Speaking on Van Lathan’s ‘The Red Pill Podcast’, he said: “I think he made a conscious choice for himself to change, I think for a year and a half I failed miserably trying to help him, because for year and a half he didn’t change …
It wasn’t until one day he woke up and said, “Hey I need to talk to you, I don’t want to be that person anymore.”
“[He’s an] extraordinary young man who’s been given an extraordinary life. And he used to complain, and he used to fight it and that’s when he got into a dark place, but when he accepted his responsibility and took a hard look at himself and not what everyone was doing, that’s when he owned it and he got healthy.”