Bieber says fear led him to stay away from music

Justin Bieber admits getting back in the studio to record his first album in five years wasn't easy. (CNN)
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NEW YORK (AP) Justin Bieber admits getting back in the studio to record his first album in five years wasn't easy.

The singer told Zane Lowe of Apple Music in a new interview that fear kept him from getting back to music, and he worried about what he would talk about or whether his new music would be well received compared to other artists.

But he says the reaction to a performance with Ariana Grande gave him a boost of confidence and made him realize that music is his purpose and he should not run away from it.