In the words of NSYNC, “What’s the deal with this Pop life and when is it gunna fade out?”
And Justin Bieber has had just about enough of it.
The pop star (literally) is calling out the media for using photos of him that are not the most flattering.
Justin Bieber circa 2019
On Wednesday, August 4, JB took to his Instagram account to let the world know how he really feels about photos that make him look “sick and unwell.”
Justin shared a series of old photos to his Instagram Story and wrote in one post, “I’m still in shock we are still using these photos of me, I’m telling you media wants to pick bad photos of me to make it look like I’m not okay.”
Justin has a message to share
He put together a collage of one old photo of him with three newer photos of him and shared this message, “There have been countless photo shoots and opportunities for media to pick up other photos but they still run with this one to make me look sick and unwell, its not right.”
Stop using old photos!
The “Peaches” singer shared yet another message about people not wanting him to thrive. It’s unclear if this is related to the media using old photos, but it’s a profound message nonetheless.
“Understand that there are people in your life that don’t want you to thrive, and sometimes that is a hard pill to swallow,” he wrote. “Sometimes the people you love the most will be jealous of you. All we can do is forgive them and set the appropriate boundaries.”
In early 2020, Justin revealed he contracted Lyme disease and was battling chronic mononucleosis for much of 2019. He attributed his sickly look during this time to these illnesses.
In his YouTube docuseries “Seasons,” JB revealed the scary symptoms he endured from Lyme disease and that it went undiagnosed for much of 2019.
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During this time, he was also battling severe depression which is a side effect of the disease. Doctors couldn’t figure out what was wrong with him until late 2019.
The chronic mono also caused Justin to have horrible breakouts, which was well documented by paparazzi.
In an Instagram post, Justin wrote, “While a lot of people kept saying Justin Bieber looks like s***, on meth etc. they failed to realize I’ve been recently diagnosed with Lyme disease, not only that but had a serious case of chronic mono which affected my skin, brain, function, energy, and overall health.”
His secret battle!
“These things will be explained further in a docuseries I’m putting on YouTube shortly,” his post continued. “You can learn all that I’ve been battling and OVERCOMING!! It’s been a rough couple years but getting the right treatment that will help treat this so far incurable disease and I will be back and better than ever NO CAP.”
Fortunately, the singer has recovered from the disease and is living his best, healthy life, which explains why he is asking the media to stop using old photos of him.