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Justin Bieber asks fans to pray for him during struggle with depression

scandal 11/03/2019

Justin Bieber has broken his silence about his mental state and is reaching out for help from his friends and fans.

The 25-year-old posted on his Instagram page a photo from 2016 of himself wearing a Tupac shirt while embracing and praying with Kanye West, Sean "Diddy" Combs and manager Scooter Braun.

"Just wanted to keep you guys updated a little bit," Bieber wrote. "Hopefully what I'm going through will resonate with you guys. Been struggling a lot. Just feeling super disconnected and weird.. I always bounce back so I'm not worried just wanted to reach out and ask for your guys to pray for me. God is faithful and ur prayers really work thanks .. the most human season I've ever been in facing my stuff head on.."

Tens of thousands of people, including Diplo expressed their well wishes to the singer.

In an interview with Vogue, published in February, Bieber opened up about his struggles, saying he recently attended a weeklong intensive group-therapy retreat and adding, "My mom was depressed a lot of my life and my dad has anger issues. Stuff that they passed on that I'm kind of mad they gave me."

In the interview, Bieber also revealed that he used to abuse Xanax. The powerful anti-anxiety drug's short-term effects can cause a feeling of euphoria, but like most benzodiazepines, can also worsen depression if taken in the wrong doses.

"I found myself doing things that I was so ashamed of, being super-promiscuous and stuff, and I think I used Xanax because I was so ashamed," he said. "My mom always said to treat women with respect. For me that was always in my head while I was doing it, so I could never enjoy it. Drugs put a screen between me and what I was doing. It got pretty dark. I think there were times when my security was coming in late at night to check my pulse and see if I was still breathing."