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Justin Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun feared star would die of a drug overdose

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Scooter Braun was terrified that Justin Bieber would overdose and die if the singer was in a “dark” in the last few years.

“There was a time that I would go to sleep almost every night if he had the money to fly away from me — and I was afraid every night that I’m going to lose him,” Braun, 37, told Of Lathan’s “The Red Pill” podcast this week. “That was the time when I told him that he was not allowed to work. He used to yell and scream at me, and he wanted to make music. He wanted to be on tour, but I thought if he did, he would die. So I refused it. We were not making money, it wasn’t like I was trying to make — I didn’t want him to work, I wanted him to get healthy.”

Bieber, 24, abruptly canceled the rest of his Purpose of world tour in the summer of 2017 at Braun’s in command. The music manager said at the time that the singer’s “soul and well-being … came first.”

“I thought he was going to die,” Braun urged. “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. I tried to follow him from a distance, I would fly after him, all sorts of different things.”

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Braun also reiterated that he went to Al-Anon meetings in support of the Canadian crooner, but refused to accept credit for Bieber’s recovery.

“I think he’s a conscious choice for themselves to change. For a year and a half, I failed miserably trying to help him, because for a year and a half he didn’t change, and I made every effort that you can imagine,” he said.

“It was not until one day he woke up and said, ‘Hey, I need to talk to you. I don’t want this person no more.” And he made the decision to change, and actually in action, and the result is who he has become today, and that is the result of his own decision, not that of someone else.”

Braun does not specify which substances Bieber struggled with, if applicable, in addition to alcohol, but hinted that the pressure of fame, as well as fan worship of his dedicated Beliebers, led him to a “dark place” where he lost himself and did not feel that he had any purpose.

“I think Justin is a special young man who is given an extraordinary life, and that he did not complain that he is held to extraordinary standards. He used to complain, he used to fight, and that is what him in a dark place,” he continued.

“But when he took his responsibilities and took a long, hard look at themselves and not what everyone else was doing, when he owned and he was healthy, and that he made the choice to change.”

This article originally appeared on Page Six.

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