Justin Bieber knows a thing or two about childhood fame, and that’s why he wants Billie Eilish to know he’s always got her back.
Speaking with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe in an interview published Saturday, Bieber shared that he feels protective of the 18-year-old artist.
“I definitely feel protective of her,” Bieber said. “It was hard for me being that young, and being in the industry, and not knowing where to turn, and everyone telling me they love me, and just turn their back on you in a second.”
The “Yummy” artist said that although he wants to be there for Eilish, he doesn’t want to force that relationship with her.
“It has to be natural, right? I just kind of let her do her thing,” the 25-year-old pop star said. “I just want to protect her. I don’t want her to lose it. I don’t want her to go through anything I went through. I don’t wish that upon anybody. If she ever needs me, I’m just a call away.”
Eilish took note of Bieber’s comments and shared a clip of the interview to her Instagram page. The post also included photos of Eilish wearing a Justin Bieber tank top and photos of the “Bad Guy” artist’s room which was filled with Bieber posters.
“Stream Changes,” she captioned the post.
“Changes” is the title of the new album Bieber released Feb. 14. Both Bieber and his wife, Hailey Bieber, commented on Eilish’s post.
“Love you!,” Bieber wrote while his wife posted a single heart emoji.
Bieber has been mega-famous for nearly half of his life and his YouTube documentary series “Justin Bieber: Seasons” has shown the toll it has taken on him.
He spoke candidly first time about his past experiences with drug addiction, revealing that he began depending on marijuana heavily and later got involved with alcohol, lean (a mixture of codeine cough syrup, soda and hard candy), pills, MDMA, psychedelic mushrooms, “everything.” Bieber eventually decided he wanted to get sober when he “felt like I was dying.”
Scooter Braun, Bieber’s longtime manager, called ages 19 to 21 his “dark period.”
“He’s gone through a lot in a very short life,” Braun said. “You don’t always agree with someone’s decisions in that moment. There’re young people making decisions that affect a lot of people and sometimes in those scenarios, you’re gonna make the right the right decision, sometimes you’re gonna make the wrong.”
Now, Bieber is embracing “Changes” and leaning on his marriage to Hailey, who is the star of this comeback album.
Contributing: Hannah Yasharoff and Amy Haneline