Justin Bieber has come a long way from his days of getting in and out of trouble, and no one knows this more than his longtime manager, Scooter Braun. On Wednesday (September 12), the super-manager, spoke To Van Lathan about Justin’s dark past, revealing there once was a time he thought the “What Do You Mean?” singer wouldn’t make it through the night.
“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,” Scooter admitted. “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.”
As fans know, Scooter’s fears stem from a time when Justin’s headline-making antics included a series of incidents with law enforcement. In January 2014, the “FRIENDS” singer was charged with DUI, resisting arrest without violence, and driving with an expired license after being involved in an alleged street race in Miami, Florida. Later that month, Justin was forced to surrender to Canadian police after allegedly assaulting a limousine driver. And just months later in July, Justin was charged with misdemeanor vandalism for throwing eggs at his neighbor’s house. The 24-year-old singer’s trouble with the law didn’t end there. One month after his vandalism charge Justin was arrested again. This time he was charged with two counts of criminal code offenses, dangerous driving, and assault after he was involved in an accident that turned into a physical altercation.
Scooter, who discovered Justin on YouTube in 2008, told Van he stuck by Justin during this time and felt the best way to not only keep him out of trouble but also keep him alive was to not allow him to go on tour. “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,” Scooter said. “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, Justin—who’s currently engaged to model Hailey Baldwin—is in a much better place, which Scotter emphasized is in big part to Justin’s own decision to become a better man. “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,” he continued. “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.'” Adding, “I made a promise to him when he was 13 that I would never give up on him. I plan on keeping that promise.”
The “No Brainer” singer has also acknowledged how far he’s come. In April 2017, he posted an Instagram photo that showed a side-by-side comparison of his 2014 self (his mugshot) and his 2017 self (a happy selfie). “I LOVE THIS because it reminds me IM NOT EXACTLY WHERE I WANT TO BE BUT THANK GOD IM NOT WHERE I USED TO BE!! THE BEST IS YET TO COME DO YOU BELIEVE IT?” he captioned the post.