CULTURE

Justin Bieber Wants You to Know That Life Isn’t That Easy for Celebrities

"Don't be fooled [into] thinking their life is better than yours."


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Sure, being a celebrity often comes with a lavish lifestyle and endless gifts, but it doesn’t guarantee happiness, as Justin Bieber has taken pains to point out. The pop artist, emo soul, and newly single bachelor has posted a warning of sorts for others peering into his—along with his contemporaries’—feed with FOMO.

“Hey world that glamorous lifestyle you see portrayed by famous people on Instagram,” Bieber wrote in a note posted to Instagram, “Don’t be fooled [into] thinking their life is better than yours. I can promise you it’s not!”

It may be ironic that Bieber, a celebrity with nearly 100 million followers on Instagram, took to that very social media app to point out that what you often see on there is just distorted reality—if based in reality at all. Yet, the message is an honest one, which clearly resonated, as it’s currently amassed over a million likes within its first hour.

There’s always a delicate balance to strike between acknowledging your privilege while at the same time denouncing it, but Bieber’s intentions seem pure. The singer has been candid about his struggles with mental health throughout his career, most notably, last summer when he cancelled the remainder of his Purpose tour. “Me taking this time right now is me saying I want to be SUSTAINABLE. I want my career to be sustainable, but I also want my mind, heart and soul to be sustainable,” he wrote on Instagram, adding that “I’m grateful for the tours but most of all I am grateful I get to go through this life WITH YOU! Learning and growing hasn’t always been easy but knowing I’m not alone has kept me going.”

This isn’t the first time Bieber has highlighted the downside of fame. Back in 2015, he talked about how alienating it is to lead a public life. “I feel isolated. You’re in your hotel room and there are fans all around, paparazzi following you everywhere, and it gets intense,” he told NME. “When you can’t go anywhere or do anything alone, you get depressed.” Talking about his mental health issues, though, is the first step toward coping with them.

Related: A Complete Recap of Justin Bieber’s Utterly Fascinating—and Occasionally Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad—Year

Justin Bieber is Jared Leto’s Haircut Twin

Justin Bieber at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards.

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Jared Leto in 2002 wearing a shirt that reads: “Beat my fucking face in.”

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Justin went full platinum in 2014.

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Jared did the same thing almost exactly a year later.

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Justin let his roots grow out.

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Which Jared did once before in the ‘90s.

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Justin with his signature spiked hair in 2014.

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Jared went way, way up in 2011.

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Young Justin in 2009.

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Jared with a grown-up version of Justin’s bowl cut.

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Justin experimented with a man bun this year at Kanye West’s birthday party.

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A look which Jared Leto made headlines with at the 2014 golden globes. Perhaps a man braid is next for Bieber.

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Bieber went black in 2012.

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Which Jared did in 1995 during his punk rock phase.

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Justin at the 2011 American Music Awards.

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Jared in 2010 with a similar slicked side part.

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