Scooter Braun feared that Justin Bieber’s drug use would cost him his life. Speaking on the “The Red Pill” podcast in 2018 (via Page Six), Braun described how he kept Bieber from working to allow him time to focus on his health. “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 gonna lose him,” Braun told host Van Lathan.
The previous year, Braun urged Bieber to cancel the Purpose world tour because Bieber’s “soul and well-being” mattered more than work, according to a separate Page Six report. “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,” Braun told Lathan.
Bieber got candid about his drug addiction in the 2020 docuseries “Justin Bieber: Sessions.” “My security and stuff would come into my room at night to check my pulse. People don’t know how serious it got. It was legit crazy scary. I was waking up in the morning and the first thing I was doing was popping pills and smoking a blunt and starting my day. It just got scary,” Bieber said in the documentary, via USA Today.