Justin Bieber has a lot of sympathy for his close friend, 18-year-old Kylie Jenner.
In a candid new interview with Billboard to promote his new album, Purpose, out Nov. 13, the 21-year-old singer says that being a child star is "the toughest thing in the world." Bieber, of course, was discovered on YouTube by his manager, Scooter Braun, when he was 12 years old.
"I wouldn't suggest being a child star," he says bluntly. "I want people to be more kind to young celebrities. ... I hurt for some people."
"Like Kylie. Look at her world: She has been living on TV since she was a kid," he continues. "Every time she's looking around she sees a camera, and that's affecting how she's thinking and how she's perceiving people and why she has to do certain things ... Situations that happen taint your mind, especially in this industry. Especially for girls. Everything is so [based] on people's looks and stuff ... Look at the statistics on how many child stars have crumbled and turned out to be wack jobs. It's because -- it's f**ked, bro, this lifestyle."
Bieber acknowledges the "fake fantasy world" being a celebrity can sometimes create -- particularly, when it comes to creating an ego.
"Like, oh, everything I say is funny. I must be the funniest dude ever," he says about the danger of yes-people constantly surrounding him. "Only to find out, man, my jokes suck."
Although Bieber is no longer a teenager, he is still figuring it out. Late last month, he stormed off stage in the middle of a concert in Norway, and later apologized to his fans on Instagram.
"It might seem awesome from the outside, but I'm struggling," he says about his current state of mind. "Certain things broke my trust with people. Situations happen that taint your mind. I started going through the motions. I felt like people were judging me all the time. I came out alive. I came out swinging. But I was close to letting [fame] completely destroy me."
"Empty. Lost. Like I didn't know myself," he says about the intense phase in his life, before describing the kinds of thoughts that would run through his head. "You're not good enough. People hate you. You try too hard."
Clearly though, Bieber is still struggling to overcome his bad boy reputation. In September, he got caught complaining to Today show cameras for not focusing on him dancing while performing his hit "What Do you Mean?," and he also also recently scolded his fans for not clapping to the beat.