On Saturday, the singer posted a lengthy message about his 2014 DUI arrest in Miami, along with a photo of him in handcuffs being led away by officers while covering his head and face with a black hooded sweatshirt.
In the reflective post, he wrote:“7 years ago today I was arrested, not my finest hour. Not proud of where I was at in my life. I was hurting, unhappy, confused, angry, mislead, misunderstood and angry at god. I also wore too much leather for someone in Miami.”
“All this to say God has brought me a long way. From then til now I do realize something.. God was as close to me then as he is right now. My encouragement to you is to ‘let your past be a reminder of how far god has brought you. Don’t allow shame to ruin your ‘today’ let the forgiveness of Jesus take over and watch your life blossom into all that God has designed you to be. LOVE YOU GUYS WITH MY WHOLE HEART.”
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ICYMI, on 23 January 2014, the Anyone hitmaker was arrested for allegedly drag racing in a yellow Lamborghini in Miami, Florida. He was also charged with driving under the influence, resisting arrest, and driving with a suspended license. In August of that year, the performer pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of reckless driving and resisting arrest without violence. He also agreed to 12 hours of anger management classes and to make a $50,000 charitable donation.
This is not the first time that the Grammy winner has been candid about his troubled past. In his recent YouTube documentary series, Justin Bieber: Seasons, he opened up about his struggles with substance abuse and anxiety. At the time, he revealed that he started using marijuanna in his early teens and later tried lean (a combo of codeine cough syrup and soda) and other drugs. In the documentary, he said he eventually stopped using, “because I was, like, dying.”