Scooter Braun hit the jackpot when he signed Justin Bieber as a client at the beginning of his career. Ever since, Braun has acted as a 'big brother' like figure to Bieber, as he's grown with the young talent as his star rose. Bieber has fallen victim to the pressures of fame resulting in drug addiction, alcohol abuse and mental health issues. Braun recently opened up about Bieber's dark years to the Wall Street Journal in a revealing interview.
Bieber made headlines back in 2014 when he was involved in a drunk-driving/street-racing charge in Miami. The star was over the legal limit while racing high-performance cars in Florida. Bieber admitted to drinking, smoking pot and taking a 'prescription' Xanax before getting behind the wheel. His arrest, mugshot and deposition videos were all highly publicized and criticized.
“It was worse than people realized,” Braun told The Journal. “I failed him day after day. We were living in hell because he was in such a dark place.” While it would've been easy to dismiss Bieber's demons as a byproduct of fame, Braun admits to knowing that Bieber was in real trouble.
“I have inconveniences, and other people have problems. Mine feel important, but they’re not. They’re not life or death. Justin’s stuff got to a point where it was a problem.” Braun admitted that he attended Al Anon meetings to better prepare himself to be there for Justin.
“Our relationship really struggled, but I started to learn things that made me a better man. When the time came and Justin needed the resources to get back on track, I wanted to make sure I was a rock and someone he could turn to."
Braun adds that many industry professionals urged him to give up on Bieber. “Some of the biggest people in the industry, people invested in Justin’s career, told me, ‘It’s over. Focus on something else. That kid is done - but I made a promise to him when he was 13 that I would never give up on him. I plan on keeping that promise."
"[Justin] is family. I think the relationship is more like a big brother, especially because he’s become a man,” Braun said. “I think he’s seen the worst of himself, and to watch him rise out of it was amazing.”
Bieber also shares the same sentiments towards Braun saying "he changed my life. I am proud of how good a man he is."