After a string of controversies, which include a hospital visit after collapsing in concert and a paparazzi scuffle, Justin Bieber is doing better, according to his closest pals. Bieber’s longtime manager, Scooter Braun, as well as his Believe tourmate, Carly Rae Jepsen, want Beliebers to know that despite some recent setbacks, Bieber is in “a great place.”
Braun spoke to E! News on Monday, the same day his artist took the stage to a sold-out show in Portugal. “There’s nothing wrong with him,” he said, hoping to settle Justin’s tabloid troubles. “He’s in a great place.”
Two days before Scooter spoke up for Bieber, MTV News chatted with Jepsen, who shared that Bieber has been a “trouper” throughout his recent struggles.
“If there’s anybody who I think can pull off what it means to be a professional performer, it’s Justin because, yeah, it was chaotic week, but he sang even when he was feeling kind of like light of breath and showed us that old saying ‘The show must go on’ is really true,” the “Tonight I’m Getting Over You” singer told us on Saturday. “So, I’m proud of him.”
In the days prior to Jepsen’s comments, Bieber had his fair share of troubles. It kicked off on March 1 when was celebrating his 19th birthday. His party was cut short after some rumored drama in a London club that he later billed as his “worst birthday.”
He later had to apologize for kicking off a London concert late. But, his problems hardly ended there. Last Thursday, he was admitted to the hospital after he collapsed in concert . After he was released, on Friday, he got into a verbal scuffle with the paparazzi .
And Jepsen understands how the pressure can get to you, noting that it’s important to balance professional obligations with personal time.
She said, “Well, I think there are moments where you do feel very much like this is a day of heavy press or a day of show time. And that is a lot of sort of being right out there in the wide open. But there’s also a lot of downtime. And luckily, I am touring with people who I consider my dearest friends, my bandmates, my brothers. And, the whole team that I’m traveling with are just good people, good hard-working people. So we get out downtime and lots of out of the limelight moments as well and that’s when I’m really mischievous.”
Meanwhile, Bieber has some time off in between gigs. His Tuesday (March 12) show in Portugal is cancelled due to “unforeseen circumstances.” Rumor has it that poor ticket sales contributed to the cancellation, but Braun insists that it wasn’t the case.
Braun claims that the cancellation, which was supposedly scheduled long before it made headlines, was due to technical issues. “It has nothing to do with anything other than that,” Braun added to E! “Tell everyone Justin is good, really good.”
In addition to support from those in his immediate circle, Bieber has also gotten love from his pals in One Direction (later thanking them for their support) as well as Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith .
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