Scooter Braun has never stopped being a Belieber.
Braun, who manages Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande among many others, spoke on Van Lathan’s The Red Pill Podcast about his recurring nightmare that Bieber’s life would be cut all too short. The manager told Lathan, “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.”
He elaborated: “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.”
The period of time Braun is discussing mostly refers to 2014 when Bieber had a string of negative incidents, including getting arrested for a DUI while drag racing a Lamborghini in Miami. The “Sorry” singer was just 19 at the time.
Bieber’s choice to get clean was ultimately up to the star himself. Braun said on the podcast, “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…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.'”
Braun emphasized that who Bieber is today—an engaged man to Hailey Baldwin and still churning out top hits—was “a result of [Bieber’s] own decisions, no one else’s.”
He called the musician an “extraordinary young man who’s been given an extraordinary life.”
Brain continued, “And 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.”