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In a revealing new interview with this week’s NME, the ‘Sorry’ singer says he believes he’s expected to act differently to other people his age.
“It’s because of the way the 'Justin Bieber brand' was portrayed,” he tells the mag.
“I was a wholesome pop star who was so amazing who had nice hair and a fucking image that no one could ever live up to.
“So when all this happened people were like, ‘Woah, let’s rip him apart’. If you see Ghandi roll up a blunt, it’s different to seeing Ryan Gosling roll up a blunt. You wouldn’t give Ryan Gosling a hard time.”
"I just want people to know I’m human. I’m struggling just to get through the days. I think a lot of people are.”
The teen star also admitted there is a much darker side to fame than what most people see.
"You get lonely, you know, when you’re on the road,” he added.
“People see the glam and the amazing stuff, but they don’t know the other side.
“This life can rip you apart.
“I watched the Amy Winehouse documentary on the plane and I had tears in my eyes because I could see what the media was doing to her, how they were treating her.
“People thought it was funny to poke her when she was at rock bottom, to keep pushing her down until she had no more of herself. And that’s what they were trying to do to me."
JB says despite his millions of fans around the world, he often feels cut off from the real world and gets depressed.
He says: “And I feel isolated. You’re in your hotel room and there are fans all around, paparazzi following you everywhere, and it gets intense.
“When you can’t go anywhere or do anything alone you get depressed. I would not wish this upon anyone.”
To read the full interview, pick up your free copy of NME magazine this Friday. www.NME.com