Talent manager extraordinaire Scooter Braun helped launch the careers of Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande, and his recent involvement in the One Love Manchester benefit concert and this month’s Hand in Hand hurricane relief telethon has raised Braun’s own public profile further still.
He recently appeared for a interview on CBS This Morning, chatting with host Gayle King about his roster of A-list clients and philanthropy work. Most notably for Bieber fans, Braun suggested that his 23-year-old client may eventually reveal why he abruptly canceled the remainder of his Purpose tour this summer.
The cancelation was an “extremely” difficult decision for Bieber, Braun stated.
“Look, I think he’ll decide to tell people when he’s ready of what exactly happened,” he told co-anchor Gayle King. “But I think he was making a decision, like he said, to protect himself.”
Braun further noted, “But he’s 23 years old now, and if he makes a decision as a man, as long as he’s willing to listen to opinions and hear people out — if he has true conviction, I’m willing to have his back.”
Scooter also said he considers Bieber “family,” and that the singer’s troubled 2013-2014 period felt like a personal failure saying.
“I wasn’t willing to be a yes man. I wasn’t willing to stand by, and I also had never been through it before,” he explained. “[Justin] was going through really hard times, and for a year and a half, I failed — completely.”
“I tried every single thing to get him back on the right track, and I failed time and time again. My dad gave me great advice. He said, ‘Look. Your responsibility isn’t to change him. It’s to be a rock, Braun concluded'”
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) September 21, 2017
Watch the full interview on CBS here.