Scooter Braun really cares about Justin Bieber—like, a lot. Most managers just want their employees to get their work done, but not Braun. He is much more involved in his artist’s personal lives than your average celebrity wrangler. In a new episode of The Red Pill podcast hosted by TMZ‘s staffer Van Lathan, Braun opened up about his soft spot for Bieber, who hit a rough patch back in 2014.
“There was a time when I would go to sleep almost every night—when [Justin] had the money to fly away from me—and I was worried every night that I was going to lose him,” Braun said. “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,” suggesting that Bieber was battling drug and/or alcohol issues.
According to ET, the problems began in 2014 when Bieber was charged with a DUI and pleaded not guilty. At the same time, Bieber had allegedly assaulted a limousine driver in Canada and was thought to have been involved in a street race in Miami. Later that year, he was charged with vandalism and two years of probation for egging his neighbor’s Calabasas home.
Bieber was arrested in August for another fender bender that devolved into a physical fight. ET claims he was with Selena Gomez at the time of the accident, and that he was charged with criminal code offenses, reckless driving and assault. While this was all happening, Scooter says he would not let Bieber tour, despite the fact that he wanted to make new music.
“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,” Braun said, adding, “…He used to yell and scream at me, and he wanted to put music out, he wanted to tour, but I thought if he did that, he would die. So, I just refused.”
Things have cooled off since then.
“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 said.
Last year, and this year has been relatively quiet for Bieber on the assault and battery front. His love life has obviously been making headlines, though. Bieber, 24, and Hailey Baldwin, 21, took their on-again, off-again romance to the next level when he proposed to her in the Bahamas last July.
Braun sounded like a proud father discussing Bieber’s transformation into an “extraordinary young man” over the last few years. This, he says, was all “a result of [Bieber’s] own decisions, no one else’s.”