Justin Bieber has never been backward about coming forward with his own strong opinions on everything from the nature of heartbreak to pressure of (not) posing for fan photos and the Canadian superstar's latest rant on inauthentic award shows "rating and grading" his performances has left many fans asking if Justin's okay.
After performing at the BBMA's, Justin posted a candid emotional post about how strutting his stuff at award ceremonies and applauding his peers in the audience left him feeling "hollow" and the 22-year-old really didn't hold back.
The bucolic picture of sheep blithely grazing on an emerald hillside in the post below might be trying to convey peaceful feelings, but the caption below (despite its careful and courteous wording) was anything but calm:
If you can't read the caption on your smart phone (with me all seeing eyes I can see that 80 percent of you will be reading this on one) here is the full text from Bieber for you to take in below:
"I don't know about these award shows.. No disrespect to anybody at any of the shows or the people running it. Nothing but love for you guys and your support. But I don't feel good when I'm there nor after. I try to think of it as a celebration but can't help feeling like people are rating and grading my performance. A lot of people in the audience there to be seem worried about how much camera time they will get or who they can network with. When I'm doing a regular show I feel they are there for the right reasons and to strictly have a good time! But these award shows seem so hollow. I get the premise is to award people for their accomplishments, but is it really? Because when I look in the audience I see a bunch of fake smiles so that when the camera hits them they look happy. Sure there are people truly proud of others so I don't want to knock them I'm just looking at the vast majority. I just think to myself if I'm living my purpose I want the reward to be fulfillment. I'm getting awarded for the things that I'm doing and not for who I am which is understandable I know it would probably be hard to calculate and award someone's spirit lol. But When I do get these awards the temptation of putting my worth in what I do is so hard to fight!!!I am privileged and honored to be recognized by my peers in but in these settings I can't feel the recognition. There's an authenticity missing that I crave! And I wonder does anybody else.. Sorry not sorry about grammar it's not my strong point."
As someone who skyrocketed to fame at an age when most of us were counting our coins for the high school cafeteria, It's easy to understand why Bieber is feeling tired of the fame game at the ripe old age of 22, so is it time for the star to take a break?
Bieber has been vocal about undergoing a "spiritual journey" and finding his "purpose" in recent times and has spawned plenty of article for his so-called "bizarre" behavior such as walking through a park with bare feet to feed the squirrels before his Boston gig two weeks ago.
All of Justin's recent actions point to someone who is desperately seeking a little solitude and headspace and I can't help but think of his comments last year about how fame made him feel "isolated" and "depressed" a lot of the time.
I just hope he's in a better place right now and not heading for a Britney style meltdown, or even worse, a return to those douchey egg hurling days that we would all rather forget...