Scooter Braun recently sat down with CBS This Morning to discuss his career as the one of the biggest talent managers in the game. He talked about his work with Ariana Grande, Kanye West and Usher and deflected questions about running for Governor of California.
He also explained what went into Justin Bieber’s decision to skip out on the last 14 dates of almost never-ending “Purpose World Tour.” According to Scooter, the decision wasn’t easy–but not much about working with Justin is.
Scooter called canceling the tour an “extremely” difficult decision and said, “Look, I think he’ll decide to tell people when he’s ready what exactly happened.” That might sound extremely vague, but that’s only because it is. Whatever it was that led Justin to bail, Scooter clearly takes it very seriously.
“I think he was making a decision, like he said, to protect himself,” Scooter said. “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 made it sound like having Justin’s back is his full-time job.
“I tried every single thing to get him back on the right track, and I failed time and time again,” Scooter said. “And my dad gave me great advice. He said, ‘Look, you’re responsibility isn’t to change him; it’s to be a rock.'” And now the world knows what it means when Justin’s caught between a rock and a hard place.
Check out Scooter’s interview below.
(Photo credits: Scooter Braun and Justin Bieber Instagram accounts)