Justin Bieber has opened up about his recent wild antics, admitting that he found himself in a “dark place”.
The singer, who is currently serving two years probation for throwing eggs at his neighbour’s house in LA, has found himself in hot water since 2013.
Bieber was criticised last year after footage of him leaked using the n-word while telling a joke about the Ku Klux Klan.
He was also charged with assault and dangerous driving after crashing his quad bike into a minivan near his hometown of Stratford, Ontario.
The singer said the aftermath of such events forced him to scrap a whole album’s worth of material.
He told USA Today: “What you are thinking about all the time is what you write, and now that I’m thinking about more positive things, it completely changes my music.
“I had to re-do my whole [new] album. It was done but it didn’t match up to where I am now and where my head’s at. I want to tell my story, but I also want to give people hope.
“I lost hope for a while, I was in a dark place, but it’s about getting out of that rut. It’s about knowing there’s sunshine on the other side.”
He also spoke about his recent appearance on US show Comedy Central Roast.
Bieber added: “I’m human, so some of the things they said stung a little, but I took it on the chin, owned up to some of the funny, dumb things that have happened.
“But overall it was really good, very funny, with Kevin Hart and Will Ferrell coming out. That was definitely my favorite part, Will. Man, when he came out [as Ron Burgundy] and said, ‘No, Justin’s been doing everything right’. That was so funny.”
The singer also said he found it difficult coping with fame and dealing with the aftermath of his antics in the public eye.
He added: “Unless you’re stupid, I don’t think you would think it’s easy to be who I am. Just use your head, you’ll understand that my life is not easy. Not having privacy. Growing up in front of the cameras since I was 13, 14.
“You need to have those mess-ups without anyone judging you, and that’s not something I was able to do.”