JUSTIN BIEBER ON GOD, ADDERALL, LOVE, AND GERMANY TAKING HIS MONKEY
In a new interview with GQ, Justin Bieber talks about his use of Adderall, his relationship with Hailey Baldwin, the place that God has in his life, and having his pet monkey confiscated by Germany.
After an incredibly successful 2015, highlighted by his smash hit album “Purpose”, as well as the huge collab “Where Are U Now” with Skrillex and Diplo, Bieber seems to be maturing into a respected adult artist. (Though of course not everyone seems to think so…)
The lengthy interview with GQ covered a wide range of topics, but these are some highlights.
“I feel like that’s why I have a relationship with Him, because I need it. I suck by myself. Like, when I’m by myself and I feel like I have nothing to lean on? Terrible. Terrible person. If I was doing this on my own, I would constantly be doing things that are, I mean, I still am doing things that are stupid, but… It just gives me some sort of hope and something to grasp onto, and a feeling of security, and a feeling of being wanted, and a feeling of being desired, and I feel like we can only get so much of that from a human.”
On his relationship with Hailey Baldwin:
I ask if she is just a friend he kisses. “Uh-huh,” he says. “I guess so.” He later amends his description of Baldwin to “someone I really love. We spend a lot of time together.”
“I don’t want to put anyone in a position where they feel like I’m only theirs, only to be hurt in the end. Right now in my life, I don’t want to be held down by anything. I already have a lot that I have to commit to. A lot of responsibilities. I don’t want to feel like the girl I love is an added responsibility. I know that in the past I’ve hurt people and said things that I didn’t mean to make them happy in the moment. So now I’m just more so looking at the future, making sure I’m not damaging them. What if Hailey ends up being the girl I’m gonna marry, right? If I rush into anything, if I damage her, then it’s always gonna be damaged. It’s really hard to fix wounds like that. It’s so hard.… I just don’t want to hurt her.”
Adderall is a stimulant commonly prescribed to treat ADHD. Bieber, who is 21, says he’s been on it for “about a year now, but I think I’m about to get off of it because I feel like it’s giving me anxiety.”
“I’m not getting restful sleep, so during the day I need [Adderall] to concentrate because I’m not getting the proper—you know, when you sleep, your body creates endorphins, creates these things, and when you’re not getting that sleep…”
“I’ve been getting a lot of anxiety, and they think it’s stemming from the Adderall,” he says. “That’s why I’ve stopped taking it. Or else I wouldn’t stop, because I really enjoy it.”
On having his pet monkey, OG Malley, confiscated by the German government:
“In Germany, that monkey’s endangered or something…but I had the papers. I even had it written out that he was a circus monkey and he could travel and all that shit. I had all the right papers. Things get twisted.”
“Everyone told me not to bring the monkey. I was like, ‘It’s gonna be fine, guys!’ It was”—he shuts his eyes—“the farthest thing from fine.”