Note: The following article contains discussion of themes including suicide that some readers may find upsetting.
Popstar Justin Bieber has spoken candidly about his recent mental health battle.
In a new YouTube documentary, titled Justin Bieber: Next Chapter, the 'Friends' and 'Despacito' hitmaker speaks of "suicidal" thoughts and "consistent" pain in his dark days.
"There was times where I was really, really suicidal," he notes. "Like, man, is this pain ever going to go away? It was so consistent, the pain was so consistent.
"I was just suffering, right? So, I'm just like, man, I would rather not feel this than feel this."
Elsewhere in the documentary, Bieber also shares his thoughts on mental health at large.
"I just would encourage people, like, 'Hey, if you're feeling lonely, talk about it. Say it out loud.' There's a freedom in that. I could have avoided a lot of pain."
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